The mangrove forests in Senegal

Marion Osmont

Mangrove forests develop between land and sea in humid tropical and subtropical areas.
They are one of the world’s richest ecosystems and are essential to the life cycles of fish species:
most fish worldwide reproduce in mangrove areas.

In Senegal where they are used for firewood, construction wood and charcoal, mangroves have been excessively cut down
and droughts in the 1970s and 1980s have exacerbated this degradation process.

Between 1980 and 2010, 25% of Senegalese mangroves disappeared.

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The project

Since 2006, Oceanium, a Senegalese association for the preservation of the environment, has been restoring mangroves in cooperation with forest area populations.
In 2008, Oceanium planted 3 million trees with support from the Yves Rocher Foundation. In 2009, Oceanium planted 36 million trees on 2000 hectares, in partnership with the Danone Fund for Nature and Livelihoods.

Seduced by the community assistance that the project involves, the populations in the areas where mangroves are perennial collect seeds that will allow populations in degraded areas to reforest. We have undertook  to support Oceanium with Livelihoods since 2010.

Our engagement

The project cost is 5,193,000 €.
Since 2010, our commitment has totaled 1,420,000 €


The impacts

  • 10,500 hectares reforested
  • 104 million trees planted
  • 140,000 villagers involved
  • 778,000 tons of carbon sequestered over 20 years
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