Few months ago, Senegal's Head of State, Macky Sall sought the expertise of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to help in finding a definitive solution to the nagging question of the breach along the Senegal River mouth, in the city of St. Louis. As a result, Dutch experts are in Senegal since Monday, November 10th, 2014. Before heading to St. Louis, they paid a courtesy call to the Africa Regional Office of Wetlands International on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 in Dakar.
These Dutch experts have been invited by the President of the Republic of Senegal in his strive to bring out solutions to the canal also called the breach of St. Louis.
As they paid a courtesy call to the Africa office of Wetlands International, Ibrahima Thiam, the Regional director, welcomed the Dutch technicians in his office. He briefed them about the work and achievements of his NGO, a global organization specialized in wetlands preservation and conservation which is present in Africa since 1998. ''In addition to the studies that have been conducted, we must further think about funding the projects that will bring a lasting solution to the problem of the breach which is a real environmental issue in St. Louis and in the area of Gandiole'' said Mr. Thiam to his guests.
''We have come to outline proposals for the most appropriate solution. We know that people have great expectations and hope from our findings. This is a scoping mission. We may suggest an integrated approach because the breach is a fairly complex problem'' said Job Dronkers and Ben Reeskamp of the Royal Haskoning. He added that ''This mission will provide guidance and recommendations in this regard. There are also several Senegalese national experts who have already sightseen solutions for the breach. We will try to come up with relevant complementary concepts based on the recognized international experience of the Netherlands'’.
The Dutch technicians were attended by Mrs. Josephine Frantzen, the First Counsellor / Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dakar and Pierre Chapusette, Economic and Trade Expert at the embassy.
After the work session with Wetlands International, the Dutch experts met with the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal before heading to St. Louis.
Pape Diomaye THIARE
Communications and Media Coordinator
Wetlands International Africa
Phone: +221 33 869 16 81