Once the African continent was nicknamed ‘longue of the earth’, as much as that holds any truth today, the Sahara region does not contribute to that statement anymore. Many people, projects and initiatives envision revegetation of the Sahara region. Revegetation to counter the expansion of the dessert (e.g. The Green Belt) and revegetation as a source of income for inhabitants. The main factor troubling these initiatives is the lack of water for irrigation. With the realization of the Sahara Canal water will be plenty and will create many possibilities.
What if there was plenty water?
Research companies spent a lot of time and funds on developing plants and vegetation that could live in arid circumstances. Special kinds of trees and crops, but what if there was plenty water? Plenty water would mean possibilities for irrigation, creating nutrition and therefore more possibilities for vegetation and the revegetation of the region. Plenty water means plenty nutrition for many species to live in the area. Vegetation can be established. A many decade project that can only really start off with the arrival and presence of plenty water.
Revegetation for wildlife
Wildlife, like humans, needs water and food for survival. Wild animals, domesticated animals, plants, they all need water and food. Once a constant flow of water is established, revegetation can come into effect in a large scale. It will take many years for life to stabilize after the , wildlife can flourish and repopulate the area. With the arrival of water, wildlife will come back. Species and new species will find their way back to the region and contribute to the repopulation and revegetation of the region.