FRANCE: 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 organizes the “Trophies for Corporate Sponsorship of the Environment and Sustainable Development” to reward original partnerships between a business and the leader of an environmental project (such as an association, NGO, public institution or local authority).
The Klorane Institute and the “Environment, Health, Society” international joint unit of the CNRS in Senegal were rewarded for the “Great Green Wall” project, which is designed to combat desertification and poverty in the Sahel through the creation of a green belt from Dakar to Djibouti, uniting 11 African countries. The 7,000km long and 15km wide green belt contributes to recreating a viable ecosystem for biodiversity and man, according to Klorane.
Beyond purely environmental concerns, this program also has a social and economic impact. It creates jobs in the desert date palm nurseries, plantations and harvests. It also diversifies the diet through the consumption of fruit and vegetables from the vegetable gardens. The locals get medical consultations from Dakar’s medical and pharmacy students during the annual summer university in Widou.