Sustainable development

Institut Klorane is committed to the Great Green Wall programme

June 19, 2013

The ambitious pan-African programme known as “The Great Green Wall” aims to fight against desertification and poverty in the Sahel through the creation of a green belt 7,000 km long and 15 km wide, from Dakar to Djibouti, uniting 11 African countries.

It is made up of several endogenous species including the desert date palm, acacias, and the jujube tree, selected because they are particularly well-adapted to the semi-arid climate.

Institut Klorane is involved in this ambitious project in Senegal for each of its three missions – Protect, Explore, and Educate:

  • Helping with extensive planting of desert date palms (10,000 to 12,000 each year for three years)
  • Financing 3 doctoral theses on the biology and biochemistry of the desert date palm, its traditional uses and the ecological restoration that is inherent to it
  • Supporting an annual science and medicine summer university organised on the site of the Great Green Wall itself to the north of Senegal

 Institut Klorane is also behind a book published by Editions Privat under the leadership of Gilles Boëtsch (Research Director at the CNRS – French national centre for scientific research) and beautifully illustrated with photographs by Arnaud Späni.

The title of this work is "La Grande Muraille verte, des arbres contre le désert" (The great green wall - trees against the desert), puts the spotlight on this “green odyssey” and the “thousands of anonymous hands who are giving a new lease of life to the plants of the desert” (available in bookshops since 30 May 2013).