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Regreening Dogon Country
Regreening Dogon Country
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Kani Kombole, Bankass, ML
Climate zone:
Hot Desert

Karen De Vries Katherine Rogers
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Regreening Dogon Country

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Rural, Residential, School Projects, Philanthropic aid, Educational

Project Summary

With the Dogon village of Kani Kombole as a hub, we are attempting to address issues of desertification, deforestation, over-grazing and water shortage in the Bandiagara valley in Southern Mali.

Project Description

In collaboration with the village chief, the villagers, guides, farmers and teachers we are developing what we see as healthy solutions to the growing issues in the region. This area is suffering from the Sahara's expansion to the Sahel region. Villages like Kani Kombole, developed in what used to be a forest at the beginning of the last century and is today an extremely arid valley, have become a victim to global warming and bad land use under the influence of western agriculture. In collaboration with the villagers, our organization "the ButterSide" is supporting the creation of learning and training programs for the neighboring villages. We have been working over the past few years at suggesting and supporting the use of appropriate Permaculture principle and relevant techniques to approach the unfortunate challenges the entire area is faced with (whether natural or Man made).


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