At the request of the Department of National Parks (DPN) in Senegal and with funding of Wetlands International Africa (WIA) acquired from the "Arctic to Africa" project and others partners, profound ditching works have helped to clean and recover almost 1,000 hectares of land and space that were polluted for several years by aquatic plants in the National Park of Djoudj. This is a godsend for birds as they recover a precious surface of their habitat and feeding ground in this protected area located in northern Senegal.
These local consultations consisted on better harmonizing the approaches for ecosystem management in this part of the Senegal River Valley. This area consists mainly of wetlands, but suffers the phenomenon of land degradation and water scarcity in the context of climate change. Meanwhile, the communities that depend on this land as well as the organizations they implemented to tackle the problem, have limited technical, financial and organizational capacity. Such insufficiencies not only prevent them to better defend their rights to access and control land, but also deprive them to control the main circuits of production, processing and marketing.
Wetlands International Africa last Saturday donated farming materials to Bondali Tenda in Foni Jarrol in the West Coast Region and Sandeng in the Kiang West in the Lower River Region, as part of efforts at boosting agricultural development in the country.The donation of the materials, which included pumping machines, watering cans, fertilizers and other farming tools, is to complement farming activities of the two communities.
After Mr. Mor Ngom, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, has launched the National workshop, last October 4th in Dakar, Wetlands International Africa (WIA), the organization that is spearheading the development of a National Policy Management of wetlands in Senegal (PNZH), just completed nearly a one month nationwide inside country tour, with the Department of National Parks (DPN) for information sharing and document review. The process was interactive and participatory.
Officially chaired by Mor Ngom, the Senegalese Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Wetlands International Africa recently held in Dakar, a National Launching Workshop on the development of the process for elaborating a National Policy for wetlands management (PNZH) which should help to promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands in Senegal. Here is a pictured summary of the official ceremony.
For the past fifteen years, Wetlands International Africa (WIA) has been investing efforts and activities on the mainland to preserve biodiversity, develop sustainable water management, adaptation to climate change as well as fighting against poverty by improving the living conditions of local populations and the development of resilient communities.
Thanks to the diligence of Wetlands International Africa, who won a tender, Senegal will finally have a national policy for the management of its wetlands (PNZH), 40 years after the country signed the Ramsar Convention (in 1971). The national workshop to launch the development of this process was held on Friday, October 4th, 2013 in Dakar, under the aegis of the Senegalese Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Mor Ngom, who promised the state support to help promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands in Senegal.
The National Workshop to officially launch the Development of Senegal's National Wetlands Policy (PNZH), opens this Friday, October 4th, 2013 in Dakar. This event will be chaired by Senegal Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Mr. Mor Ngom.
The demo project No5 CCLME recently donated a set of audio production equipments to the Kasumai Community Radio of Sao Domingos in Guinea-Bissau. The set comprised a computer, microphones, headphones and last generation MP3 recorders. This logistical support aims to strengthen the radio station, created in 1995, to renew and modernize its technical equipment. The donation follows a request formulated, in Bissau, last April to Wetlands International Africa Communications and media coordinator, by Bala Sambou the Director of Kasumai radio, who expressed the need to have new equipment.
From 16th to 21st August 2013, a team of Wetlands International Africa staff conducted training on reforestation techniques of Rhizophora for partners involved in MFS II / EA Senegal project, in the Saloum delta. As result, one hectare of mangrove has been replanted in the Sokone pilot Site.