In the Sine Saloum, the advance of salty land is one of the main causes of the retreat of mangroves and plant cover, land degradation and contamination of aquifers, which form the basis of the ecosystem and the biodiversity that inhabits it. Océanium, IRHA and APAF Senegal are combining their efforts and expertise to provide an effective response to these challenges.
Through a combination of rainwater resource management, work to reintroduce agroforestry patches and community capacity-building, we are in a position to put a stop to this vicious circle.
We went to meet Elhadji Faye, a resident of the village of Faoye and member of the village mangrove committee in the commune of Djilasse, to hear his impressions. Elhadji is a beneficiary of the anti-erosion programme.
"As a resident of the village of Faoye, I have to say I'm pleased with the work carried out on a daily basis by the Oceanium teams and their partners to support the village's development.
Since the start of the Foret de la mer project in the area, with its mangrove, Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and agroforestry components, we have been pleased with the results achieved on the ground, particularly with the anti-erosion measures that prevent rainwater run-off.
The training given by the Océanium and IRHA field workers has been very useful and has enabled us to apply the techniques taught to other fields in the village affected by run-off problems. Our common goal is for all the farmers to be able to adopt the erosion control model, particularly so that they can benefit from it in the fields bordering the river".