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A review of public versus private reforestation programs in the Senegalese Sahel: taking stock of realities and challenges

A review of public versus private reforestation programs in the Senegalese Sahel: taking stock of realities and challenges
A review of public versus private reforestation programs in the Senegalese Sahel: taking stock of realities and challenges

The Great Green Wall (GGW) across the Sahara is expected to generate a wide range of ecological and socioeconomic benefits. Ideally, ecosystem recovery should be assessed using measurable indicators (Society for Ecological Restoration [SER] principal 5). This requires agreement on only a few clear goals and targets and the establishment of effective measurement systems, yet in practice, each stakeholder and funder brings different targets that the GGW must achieve. Alongside its ecological objectives and biodiversity indicators, the GGW must also demonstrate meaningful socioeconomic benefits, engage communities, and contribute to green economic development in the restoration areas. Since the engagement of the private sector is presently seen as a critical challenge, we compare the current GGW approach and performance with that of an established Acacia senegal plantation focusing more narrowly on a commercial objective to produce gum arabic for export. Our analysis of information from both programs demonstrates strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the restoration successes achieved. These insights can help to guide ongoing programing and evaluation of the GGW toward both ecological and socioeconomic objectives in Senegal. They also reflect on emerging global discussion of business cases for reinvestment by all stakeholders to halt and reverse ecological damage.

Sahel, Senegal, desertification, dryland restoration, private plantations, reforestation
1061-2971
Sarr, Mame S.
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Diallo, Adja M.
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King‐okumu, Caroline
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Sarr, Mame S.
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Diallo, Adja M.
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King‐okumu, Caroline
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Sarr, Mame S., Diallo, Adja M. and King‐okumu, Caroline (2021) A review of public versus private reforestation programs in the Senegalese Sahel: taking stock of realities and challenges. Restoration Ecology, (ahead-of-print), [e13582]. (doi:10.1111/rec.13582).

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The Great Green Wall (GGW) across the Sahara is expected to generate a wide range of ecological and socioeconomic benefits. Ideally, ecosystem recovery should be assessed using measurable indicators (Society for Ecological Restoration [SER] principal 5). This requires agreement on only a few clear goals and targets and the establishment of effective measurement systems, yet in practice, each stakeholder and funder brings different targets that the GGW must achieve. Alongside its ecological objectives and biodiversity indicators, the GGW must also demonstrate meaningful socioeconomic benefits, engage communities, and contribute to green economic development in the restoration areas. Since the engagement of the private sector is presently seen as a critical challenge, we compare the current GGW approach and performance with that of an established Acacia senegal plantation focusing more narrowly on a commercial objective to produce gum arabic for export. Our analysis of information from both programs demonstrates strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the restoration successes achieved. These insights can help to guide ongoing programing and evaluation of the GGW toward both ecological and socioeconomic objectives in Senegal. They also reflect on emerging global discussion of business cases for reinvestment by all stakeholders to halt and reverse ecological damage.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 October 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 November 2021
Keywords: Sahel, Senegal, desertification, dryland restoration, private plantations, reforestation

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Local EPrints ID: 455601
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/455601
ISSN: 1061-2971
PURE UUID: 3219b0f2-291c-41b7-aafc-ca6e92c399bb

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Date deposited: 28 Mar 2022 16:49
Last modified: 27 Apr 2022 11:44

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Author: Mame S. Sarr
Author: Adja M. Diallo
Author: Caroline King‐okumu

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