Senegal’s Atlantic coast suffers from some of the worst erosion and rising sea levels in the world 🌍. Villages have already disappeared under the waves and hundreds of thousands of people risk becoming climate refugees.
Saint Louis, a 30 km peninsula at the mouth of the Senegal river, is rapidly disappearing because of rapid changing climate and man-made problems such as illegal sand-mining and over-development🌊. The GCCA+ programme aims to reverse impacts and to help the inhabitants of the peninsula become more resilient to rising sea levels. Local people such as fishing communities are involved in the project to protect the coastline.
“So far we have planted at least 276 hectares of casuarina trees and 260 hectares of mangroves in the Petite Côte, Saint-Louis and Casamance areas. We have also carried out infrastructure and engineering works such as breakwaters, groynes and dykes made from rocks, and put in place a geographical information system (GIS) to track the impacts of climate change.” 🌱
- Dior Sidibé, Project Manager
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