[Total: 0 Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees: https://www.ecosia.org/ Climate change is causing desertification worldwide as fertile land becomes degraded. But we can combat this by planting trees. Your searches on Ecosia are bringing rainfall, lakes and rivers back to Burkina Faso. The tree-planting program that we are financing thanks to you will empower local communities to reforest areas of the Sahel and the central plateau (CP) that will help provoke more rainfalls. The region of the Sahel is known for its drought-ridden climate, whereas the central plateau, marked in blue, is of greater humidity. Because of its geographical location, Burkina Faso is mainly characterized by Western African weather conditions. That is a primarily tropical climate with two very distinct seasons: a dry season and one rainy season. During the dry season the so-called ‘Harmattan’ wind blows which is particularly dry and dust-laden. In the second rainy season the average rainfall is 400 to 900 millimeters. Burkina Faso receives almost 90% of its rain between June and September. Only one growing season exists, which leaves farmers with a very small time window for the collection of crops and forest goods. Rain seasons, thus, define communities’ sowing and farming activities. But years of deforestation, climate change and degraded soils have significantly changed local weather conditions. Particularly in the Sahel, rainfall has decreased and become very unpredictable and can sometimes be limited to a few, sudden, cloudbursts. These changing rain patterns have contributed significantly to the impoverishment of the country: Random rainfalls often come with a sudden force and big volumes of water, causing floods and destroying crops all at once. The combination of higher temperatures (due to deforestation and other causes of climate change) and changing rain patterns has als […]
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