In 2003, the city of Saint-Louis on Senegal’s Atlantic coast was threatened with devastating floods. In order to divert the flood waters, a two-meter wide channel through the dunes was dug.
The city was saved but the unintended consequences are felt to this day. Parts of the dunes were submerged and some fishing communities lost their homes.
In 2014 an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) scheme was launched with €4 million from the EU GCCA+. The aim is to reverse some of the worst impacts and help Saint Louis become more resilient to rising sea levels.
What happened in Saint Louis is a cautionary tale for Africa’s blue economy. 🌊
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