02-20-2014

The Klorane Institute is given an award by the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

On 12 February , the Klorane Institute and the CNRS (French national centre for scientific research) received one of the 2014 Trophies for Corporate Sponsorship of the Environment and Sustainable Development for the "Great Green Wall" project. 

The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy organises the  "Trophies for Corporate Sponsorship of the Environment and Sustainable Development" in order to reward original partnerships between a business and the leader of an environmental project (an association, NGO, public institution, local authority, etc.). 8 exemplary projects were rewarded in 6 categories:

  • Research and future prospects concerning energy and the environment
  • Ecological solidarity and a circular economy
  • Skills-based sponsorship
  • Biodiversity
  • Natural spaces, environments, sites, landscapes, etc.
  • Education and raising awareness on sustainable development.
  • The Klorane Institute and the "Environment, Health, Society" international joint unit of the CNRS in Senegal were rewarded for the "Great Green Wall" project in the "Research and future prospects concerning energy and the environment" category.

The "Great Green Wall" project aims to combat 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 contributes to recreating a viable ecosystem for biodiversity and man (trees, shade, food, water, fauna, etc.). Beyond purely environmental concerns, this programme also has a social and economic impact, creating jobs in the desert date palm nurseries, plantations and harvests, involving women in the vegetable gardens created further to access to water in exchange for the upkeep of the nurseries, diversifying the diet through the consumption of fruit and vegetables from the vegetable gardens, selling the vegetables at the market (a source of revenue), and providing free medical consultations for local populations, given by Dakar’s medical and pharmacy students during the annual summer university in Widou.

The Klorane Institute supports this programme in three ways:

  • Planting 10,000 desert date palms per year, over 3 years.
  • Financing 3 doctoral theses on the desert date palm and its impact on Man, the environment and health.
  • Supporting an annual science and medicine summer university in Senegal (scientific and civic activities, multidisciplinary exchanges).


For more information about the Great Green Wall programme (in French)