IMPACTS OF DESERTIFICATION Environmental Economic Poverty• Desertification makes areas more flood-prone. It also causes the salt level in soil to rise, results in deteriorating quality of water, and silting of rivers, streams and reservoirs.• World Bank estimates that at the global level, the annual income foregone in the areas affected by desertification amounts to US$ 42 billion each year, while the annual cost of fighting land degradation would cost only US$ 2.4 billion a year• People living in areas threatened by desertification are forced to move elsewhere to find other means of livelihood. Usually they migrate towards urban areas or go abroad. Mass migration is a major consequence of desertification. From 1997 to 2020, some 60 million people are expected to move from the desertified areas in Sub-Saharan Africa towards Northern Africa and Europe.
THE MALI STRUGGLE Will we be able to save the Niger river, Mali’sbloodline, from instinction due to desertification?
THE MALI STRUGGLE The Niger river in Mali has been the life source of its population since 4000 BC!Strategic Commercial Route Primary source of water Fishing Vital for cattle grazing & Agriculture
THE MALI STRUGGLERelics, cultures and traditions of great civilizations that have flourished through the ages by the Niger river in Mali can still be admired today...
THE MALI STRUGGLEIts all well on its way to being lost forever, reduced to this...
Today’s realities of desertification on the banks of the Niger river in Mali• Its becoming more and more difficult for boats to move along theriver due to its record low levels. Commerce has never been so bad forthe region• The river has never been so polluted as vegetation around its banksdies, and the natural filtration cycle of the water is broken down• Marine life is ever closer to extinction, eradicating with it one of thecountry’s treasures: fishing• Historical agricultural lands are disappearing, due to the invadingsand and extremely arid soil• Herdsman have never had to travel so far to feed their live stock,which during these long journey’s most often die of starvation• Women are having to travel by foot for days in order to gather woodfor cooking
I’ve been selected by a non-profit organization,LE CREDIL, to be part of a team of 6 who are going to be implementing an environmental project inMali for 3 months: February – March – April 2011
What is it?A partnership established 4 years ago between Le CREDIL andl’Organisation pour la gestion de l’environnement au Sahel (OGES),a non-profit Malien organisation, to fight against deforestation bybringing the needed assistance to affected local communities, andengaging them in the long-term solutions for preserving anddeveloping their autonomy http://www.credil.qc.ca/index.jsp?p=43#__Aux_portes_du_Sahel___au_Mali__stage_sp_cialis__
What will we be doing?The project and our tasks will be comprised of 5 main activities / pillarsthat we will be undertaking with the local population of Kamaka village,in the North part of Mali close to the desert, where desertification ishaving the biggest impact on the environment and its people Planting Improving Composting / Improving Optimizing energy efficiency Soil Fertilizers drying of fruit trees wells food
How can you contribute?1. Each of the 6 team members is raising funds of $2,000 that will be directly invested in making the project happen (pls see previous slide)2. Additional funds raised above the needed $ 2,000 will be invested in a project that the team will identify once on the ground $ 4,000 Additional funds that will be invested on a project to be identified by the team once on the ground and with the local organisation $ 2,000 Funds needed for the project we have been assigned to (see previous slide)
$ 4,000 Every single possible contribution / donation... whatever the amount (A $ 2,000 buck is an amount )...gets us 1 step ahead in our common fight Vs deforestation!
For your donations, thank you for contacting: If you are in Canada If you are in Lebanonjoeykhoury79@gmail.com email@example.com An official LE CREDIL receipt will be provided to every donator(If donation is made in Lebanon, receipt will be emailed within couple of weeks after donation is made)
Appreciating your time taken with this presentation, do not hesitate to pass on the message by forwarding this presentation to whomever could be willing to be part of the solidarity, and thanking you in advance for your contribution! Quote of the day: “The end of extreme poverty is at hand, within ourgeneration, but only if we grasp the historic opportunity in front of us” Jeffrey Sachs