In this world regions without jobs and income do not really seem to count, they fall behind. If there is no income, governments can’t raise taxes, countries fall behind. Unfortunately today we see entire regions in need of welfare, aid. And aid is delivered, but is this desirable? Is aid really helping? While the desert expands further, at the same time, we see a population increase. To make things worse (natural) sources of income disappear (e.g. Lake Chad lost 90% of its water over the past 50 years). The disappearance of income possibilities makes it harder for more and more people to live a decent life. This trend is visible on micro- and macroeconomic level.

We need to positively focus on the potential of the Sahara region. The Sahara Canal Project has been created to offer this solution. This negative spiral does have an end.

IncomeDecline of Lake Chad 1963 – 2007

Income during the construction phase

The construction of the Sahara Canal would already generate an unparalleled amount of jobs. Migrants will want to come back from the EU. These jobs generate income for the workforce. The workforce can start earning their own food. Maybe food for work to start, but even that is better than now.

During the construction phase jobs will need to be created in related industries: logistics, infrastructure, public relations, purchasing, security, catering, clothing, engineering, materials, temporary housing, medicine and education. The construction of the Sahara Canal will have a global impact on generating jobs, investments and possibilities. These are just a few pointers.

The region and host countries will feel an immediate impulse from the construction of the Sahara Canal. And this is only the beginning.

Towards sustainability and self-sufficiency

Upon completion of the Sahara Canal the possibilities for creating jobs seem endless. Jobs will and can be created in many branches. This entire expensive sandbox will need to be organised.

The exploitation and maintenance of the Sahara Canal will generate jobs continent wide. With the implementation of production facilities for fresh water and energy along the trajectory, job creation will rise to new peaks: production, agriculture, urban (-isation) projects, climatology, energy, education, rural development, shipping, transportation, research and development, food industry, energy industry, tourism, banking, and many, many more.

This jobs creation should be motivated by economic power for local and regional communities, by the feeling that it is worth to stay and build on. Local and national authorities will see a steady increase of income and will be able to invest in their country and people, the future and global participation.

The Sahara region should be blue too

Access to water is the start towards sustainable income and self-sufficiency for the Sahara region. The potential of the Sahara region is to become an economic powerhouse for centuries to come feeding – not only its own people, but also the rest of the world. Life starts with water!