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Eco-friendly search engine commits to planting 1bn trees in Africa’s ‘Great Green Wall’

Eco-friendly search engine commits to planting 1bn trees in Africa’s ‘Great Green Wall’

Exclusive: Ecosia, which ploughs ad revenues into tree-planting, is also deploying its tech know-how to map and monitor the health of the forest with satellite imagery and geo-tagging

An ambitious, African-led movement to plant a 5,000-mile forest wall to fight the climate crisis has received a commitment of support from one of the world’s most prolific tree-planters, The Independent can share exclusively.

At the United Nation’s One Planet Summit in Paris earlier this month, French president Emmanuel Macron announced a $14bn investment for Africa’s “Great Green Wall” (GGW) over the next four years. The goal is to harness the power of nature to re-green the semi-arid Sahel region and halt the increasing spread of desert.

Nonprofit Ecosia, a search engine which ploughs ad revenues into global tree-planting, is now offering to plant 1 billion trees in the region to extend the wall, along with deploying its tech know-how to map and monitor the health of the forest with satellite imagery and geo-tagging.

By the time it’s finished, the GGW will be a roughly nine-mile-wide belt of forest from Senegal on the Atlantic in the west, snaking south of the Sahara Desert, to Djibouti’s Red Sea coastline in the east. The eventual goal is for it to become the largest living structure on Earth, three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef.
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