The work of the International Meeting on Monitoring and Assessment of Carbon Sequestration in Great Green Wall Countries ended on Wednesday 16 November in Niamey. During three days of intensive work, the participants discussed the topic of monitoring and evaluation, the exchange of scientific information and the creation of the basis for future work.
On this occasion, the teacher-researcher of the Faculty of Agronomy of the Dan Diko Dankoulodo University of Maradi, Mr. Issoufou Hassane Bil Assanoua, indicated that this meeting is organized by the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in collaboration with the Dan Diko Dankoulodo University enabled them to see what the observatories are doing in the country, share scientific information on the subject and lay the foundations for the next activities, including equipping one of Niger’s public universities, in this case the Dan Diko Dankoulodo University of Maradi, whose observatory is dedicated to this problem. “This observatory for sustainable land management in the Maradi region that we want to set up at Dan Diko Dankoulodo University in Maradi was part of the joint construction of all stakeholders,” he said.
In addition, Mr. Issoufou Hassane Bil Assanou clarified the various recommendations resulting from this meeting. This includes, among other things, conducting diagnostic and practical inventories and reviewing scientifically what has been done to capitalize on the funding of this observatory. “The institutional anchoring of the observatory will enable the Dan Diko Dankoulodo University of Maradi to set up a dialogue platform under the label ‘Science-Society’ dialogue, bringing together all actors in the region to respond to public concerns about land management. This observatory will start for the Maradi region but is intended as a model that can be transferred to other regions of Niger and the Great Green Wall countries,” he noted.
For Mr. Issoufou Hassane Bil Assanou, the discussions of this meeting were very fruitful for the extension of certain measures in this area of the Great Green Wall. “Assessment of the implementation of the Great Green Wall has been around for some time and this report highlights that several aspects have contributed to implementation being less than satisfactory. There is a document to redirect the implementation of this initiative by focusing on trees and soil to create jobs for the population and store carbon. With this new direction, the impact of the implementation of the Great Green Wall on the well-being of rural people will be felt more,” he said.
Yacine Hassane and Omar Abdou (intern)