It was created in response to the need to monitor the development of arid landscapes that require effective protection. In July 1989, the G7 countries, met for a Paris summit to offer their support for the project.
In 1992, under the leadership of France and in partnership with Germany and Italy, as well as other concerned Southern countries, the Sahara and Sahel Observatory was officially launched during an inaugural conference in Paris.
The OSS, through partnership programs, mobilizes and reinforces State capacities to address environmental issues, with the aim of increasing sustainable development and reducing poverty in arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas of Africa in accordance with the commitments of the international agenda for sustainable development and environment.
Its field of action overlaps that of the Fondation Chirac, as the Observatory develops projects that provide access to clean water and sanitation as well as fighting desertification.
|For more information: -The Sahara and Sahel Observatory(OSS) website|