Area: 196,722 km²
Geography: Senegal is the westernmost country on the African continent. Its climate ranges from tropical, to hot and humid. The rain season (May to November) brings strong southeast winds and the dry season (December to April) is dominated by the hot and dusty harmatten wind. Mostly low, rolling plains that are rising to foothills in the southeast characterize the country’s terrain. Senegal is affected by seasonal floodings in the lowlands and also periodic droughts. (CIA, 2019)
Land Degradation: Many environmental issues influence the lives of the 1.8 million people, who are living on degrading agricultural land. Desertification and land degradation are among the main causes of low agricultural productivity in the country. Moreover, extreme weather conditions because of climate change aggravate the situation. Costs of land degradation for Senegal are about 996 million USD per year, which equals to 9 % of the country’s GDP. (UNCCD, 2018) (FAO, 2019) (UNCCD, 2018)
Sustainable Land Management: Senegal has committed to set a national voluntary Land Degradation Neutrality target, establish an LDN baseline, and formulate associated measures to achieve LDN. (UNCCD, 2018)
Capacity Building (2017-2020)
Within the Regreening Africa project, jointly implemented with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the ELD Initiative is conducting trainings on the total economic valuation of terrestrial ecosystems and their services. Trainings are complemented by practical exercises as part of research within the country
Case study (2019)
The ELD Initiative in close cooperation with its partners is conducting participatory research based on previous stakeholder consultations within the EU-BMZ co-funded project Regreening Africa. The report will be released within 2019.