These local consultations consisted on better harmonizing the approaches for ecosystem management in this part of the Senegal River Valley. This area consists mainly of wetlands, but suffers the phenomenon of land degradation and water scarcity in the context of climate change. Meanwhile, the communities that depend on this land as well as the organizations they implemented to tackle the problem, have limited technical, financial and organizational capacity. Such insufficiencies not only prevent them to better defend their rights to access and control land, but also deprive them to control the main circuits of production, processing and marketing.
This situation justifies the whole point and the pertinence of the exchanges that Wetlands International Africa and its partners carried out from 06th to 7th November, 2013 with community delegates of Ndiayéne Pendao and Ndiébéne Gandiole, two districts in the region of Saint-Louis, northern Senegal as part of the implementation of the Ecosystem Alliance Program. '' We want local partners to integrate the Climate change and Ecosystem approaches in their Local Development Plans (PLD)'', said Pape Mawade Wade and Yakhya Gueye, both officers of Wetlands International Africa (WIA).
Pape Diomaye THIARE
Communications and Media Coordinator
Wetlands International Africa
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