Sports Senegal: against deforestation, the project to replant nourishing forests

11:05  13 august  2020
11:05  13 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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About 45 percent of Senegal is forested . Of this, a little more than 18 percent is considered pristine primary forest —one of the higher rates in West Africa. Deforestation is mostly the result of clearing for fuelwood, charcoal, and logging, though poaching, wildlife trafficking, and hydroelectric projects

Deforestation , the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses, is considered to be a contributing factor to global Deforestation is the permanent removal of trees to make room for something besides forest . This can include clearing the land for agriculture or grazing

Au Sénégal, à Belvédère, des forêts nourricières voient le jour dans le cadre du projet la Grande muraille verte. Le but est de lutter contre la déforestation. © RFI / Sadak Souici. In Senegal, in Belvédère, nourishing forests are emerging as part of the Great Green Wall project. The goal is to fight against deforestation.

Senegal loses 40,000 hectares of forests per year. To remedy this, the country is part of the international project of the Great Green Wall in the Sahel. In this dynamic of reforestation, a new project has just been launched, the "tolou keur", or small nourishing and medicinal forests, replanted next to villages with an ecological vocation. A second pilot project was launched on Wednesday August 12 in the village of Belvédère, 40 kilometers from Dakar.

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Forests are also cut as a result of growing urban sprawl as land is developed for homes. Not all deforestation is intentional. Yet the effects of deforestation reach much farther. The South American rainforest , for example, influences regional and perhaps even global water cycles, and it's

Since 1970s Senegal has lost 25% of its mangrove forests .[8] Recent efforts have been led by the organization Oceanium to replant the mangroves ^ " Forest data: Senegal Deforestation Rates and Related Forestry Figures". Rainforests . " Senegal govt warns against Casamance deforestation ".

From our correspondent in Dakar, Théa Ollivier

Next to an industrial zone, the village of Belvédère stands out with its baobabs and green fields. Djibril Sall, the village chief, is happy to see the young fruit trees grow and the vegetables planted thanks to the Tolou Keur project “There was nothing, no rain because they razed everything, but if we replant trees, the rains will return. The trees are very important ".

Nourishing forests will grow across the country

With the participation of 60 people from the village, the Senegalese Reforestation and Great Green Wall Agency to plant a 5,000 m² nourishing forest, a few steps from their homes.

“This design is nothing more than a small henhouse in the center, 90% trees around, with some vegetables and medicinal plants. This allows us to reduce the use of water because we form a micro climate ", underlines Aly Ndiaye, project manager.

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Deforestation is the clearing, destroying, or otherwise removal of trees through deliberate, natural, or accidental means. It can occur in any area densely populated by trees and other plant life, but the majority of it is currently happening in the Amazon rainforest . The loss of trees and other vegetation

Reforestation (occasionally, Reafforestation) is the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands (forestation) that have been depleted, usually through deforestation . Reforestation can be used to rectify the effects of deforestation or improve the quality of human life by soaking up

Faced with the coronavirus crisis, the reforestation agency wanted to help this village without water and electricity to become more autonomous, in an ecological way. “We are mainly concerned with the regeneration of the forest fabric. And we are above all on food and medicinal self-sufficiency. This program will have the objective of natural regeneration because it is a seed bank that is being created, ”explains Karine Fakhoury, director of ecovillages and green sectors

By 2021, 1,000 similar sites could be created across Senegal .

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