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Monday, February 12, 2007

Return of the Gao tree

Must read article in the NYT on return of trees to Niger during a period of population explosion.

Enlightened policies leading to such results are badly needed for the poorest to cope with (now inevitable) global warming:
Still, more trees mean that Niger’s people are in a better position to withstand whatever changes the climate might bring. “This is something the farmers control, and something they do for themselves,” said Dr. Larwanou. “It demonstrates that with a little effort and foresight, you can reduce poverty in the Sahel. It is not impossible or hopeless, and does not have to cost a lot of money. It can be done.”

A combination of efficient policies to make sure global warming doesn't get increasingly worse from industrialized countries (i.e., green tax shift) and low cost but highly effective green policies like those that led to the re-greening of Niger, and we can get through this.

1 comment:

symo said...

Definitely a positive development, especially from a region which nobody expects nothing from. I've always maintained that Africa will come out of its quagmire like a phoenix rising out of the ashes. The African countries have to sit down and design solutions to their unique problems that are outside the sphere of imagination of developed countries or even places like China and India, which will prove to be rivals of the U.S in increasing green house gases and further devastating our fragile earth ecosystems. I pray and hope that the success we are seeing in Niger will pick up momentum, and be replicated in other neighboring countries. Lastly....the road is never straight my friends - it has valleys, curves, hills, u-turns etc. Anything can be reversed, and everything can be done - Africans imagine and ream, and it shall be so. Work on your own problems first.