28.10.2010 | GTZ: Discussion “Green Sahel”

© Hilmar Schmundt, DER SPIEGEL
© Hilmar Schmundt, DER SPIEGEL

When we think of the Sahel zone, we generally think of drylands, drought and hunger. But there seem to be some positive developments taking place in the Sahel, too. In fact, according to some experts, a re-greening process is happening in the Sahel. The reasons for this have been the subject of controversial debate. Certain experts link this phenomenon to an increase in rainfall. Others argue it is due to changes in land and tree use legislation which have incentivised farmers to plant and maintain tree stocks. But just how far-reaching an impact do grass-roots initiatives of this kind actually have – and will they really make the Sahel green again?

When: Thursday, 28 October 2010, from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm

Where: Gustav-Stresemann Institut (GSI), Bonn, Langer Grabenweg 68

Several speakers will present their take on the situation in the Sahel.

The two keynote speakers at this event are:

• Dr Hannelore Kußerow (Institute of Geographical Sciences, Berlin University)

• Dr Chris Reij (Center for International Cooperation, VU University Amsterdam)


10:30    Welcome and introduction to the topic Maren Kneller, BMZ (tbc) Christian Henckes, GTZ (tbc)
11:00     Re-greening Africa’s drylands: experience, impacts and tools for scaling up Dr. Chris Reij, Center for International Cooperation, VU University Amsterdam
11:40    The myth of the encroaching desert Dr. Hannelore Kußerow, Institute of Geographical Sciences, FU University Berlin
12:20    Lunch Break
13:15      The greener Sahel: perceptions, facts and perspectives insouthern Niger Dr. Issa Ousseini, Geography Department, AM University Niamey
13:50      Green Central Plateau Burkina Faso Melchior Landolt, Director of Terra-Verde e.V.
14:25     Panel discussion with the referees Dr. Anneke Trux, GTZ (Moderation) Afterwards: Conclusion and  final remarks

After the presentations, we would like to engage in a debate about possible fields of action for development cooperation. We are looking forward to some interesting presentations and a lively discussion. If you would like to be a part of the event, please confirm your attendance at the following email address: adelheid.humer-gruber@gtz.de
Please note that the discussion will be held in English.