Océanium

Project Teaser

Oceánium runs the largest mangrove restoration program worldwide, in Senegal, where 45,000 hectares of its mangroves - a quarter of the total surface area - have been lost since the 70s.

Restoring the mangroves in Senegal provides a natural protection against floods, a carbon sink, a natural nursery for many species (some consumed by the local population), and protects agricultural fields further inland by reducing the entry of saline water.

Key Figures

Project Results

100 million mangrove trees planted since 2006. 15'000 ha reforested. 200'000 local people from 350 villages involved.

Vegetation type

Mangrove trees (mainly from Rhizophora genus, followed by Avicennia genus)

Climate conditions

Sahelian climate in the north and subtropical dry in the south

Funding Sources

Funding Government
10%
Funding Religious groups
0%
Funding International Aid
0%
Funding Private Sponsoring
80%
Funding Inhabitants
10%

Contacts

Organisation
Océanium
Organisation contact
Octavio Fleury
Phone
+221 77 561 29 67
Contact E-mail
contact@oceaniumdakar.org
Address
Route de la corniche Est
Postal code
BP 2224
Place
Dakar
Country
Senegal

Description

Since 2006, Océanium has been working to restore the mangrove forests in Senegal. Mangroves are one of the richest ecosystems in the world, a natural barrier, nurseries for many species and an effective filtration system that prevents the influx of saline water inland. Once the mangroves disappear, water becomes very saline, rendering the soil unfit for agriculture since nothing can grow.

This project will restore the shrinking mangrove forests, lost due to droughts, deforestation for timber and the blockage of waterways by roads. As a result, it will restore the ecosystem and protect vital arable land, which will help to restore the rice paddies of Casamance and Siné Saloum and former rice paddies that have dried up in the area. Lastly, it will boost depleted fish stocks by producing up to 20,000 extra tons of fish annually, along with shrimps, oysters, and molluscs that mangrove forests harbour.

The replantation area now includes 15,000 hectares. With 100 million mangroves already replanted since 2006, it is the world’s largest mangrove reforestation project. This project is unique due to the exceptional level of social mobilization it has achieved, with the involvement of 350 local villages and 200 000 people.

Partnerships & Collaborations

sustinova logo

Sustinova is a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, Switzerland, and devoted to promoting Sustainability in the NGO area.

As a partner, Sustinova provides operational support to Reforestation World in its public activities.

ETH Zurich - Chair of Ecosystem Management

The Chair of Ecosystem management at the ETH Zürich is organising the Latsis Symposium ETH 2018 “Scaling-up forest Restoration”, on June 6-7 & 9.

Reforestation World is assisting with the link to NGOs, practitioners and others stakeholders in the field of forest restoration.