To instill a new breath and accelerate the pace of the projects initiated by the MFS II Ecosystem Alliance Program was the objective of field missions organized by Wetlands International Africa (WIA), the National Monitoring Committee together with their partners in Saint- Louis (Northern Senegal) and Fatick (Centre Senegal) from 15th to 25th January 2014. At the end of the tour, a mid-term wrap up of activities has been drafted and collected information was shared for planning many activities until the year 2015.
MFS II Ecosystem Alliance Program has taken a new direction, 17 months before the end of this project (June 2015). The purpose is to boost the program that has been implemented in two areas of intervention, namely Saint -Louis and Fatick. ''We want a new dynamic so as to accelerate the pace to the delight of the project beneficiaries'' said delegates of Wetlands International Africa, partners and members the National Monitoring Committee who joined the 12 day field visit.
Step visit in the Region of Saint- Louis
In the North of Senegal, meetings for information exchange took place at the Regional Inspection for Water and Forestry (IREF). Field visits were made to Ngayna and Keur Barka, which are located in the rural community of Ndiébéne Gandiole. There, small areas of mangroves have been replanted. In the Avifauna Special Reserve of Ndiael (RSAN), the mission noted a fair progress in the construction of the watchtower and the future breeding area. Visitors also set eyes to the assisted natural regeneration project with planting mesquite and parkinsonia which was developed by the Ndiael Inter village Association. Other key moments were the visit of Alain Bridge and the large pond that was replenished with water to the glee of birds which have massively returned to the site. Delegates also visited the Belel Mbaye pathway that is to be rebuilt as well as a beef fattening project in Ross- Béthio.
In addition, a working meeting was held with the Civil Forum, a civil society organization which develops an environmental advocacy and ecosystem approach in the Ecosystem Alliance project. It is ultimately to sustainably improve the livelihoods of communities living in Senegal River Basin through the benefits of an eco holy and well-managed system.
Step visit in the Region of Fatick
The field trip started at the Regional Council of Fatick. Thanks to funding of the Ecosystem Alliance project, this institution has since last year, embarked on the recovery of salty lands in the village of Mbélacadio and in the district of Loul Sesséne. Several hectares of eucalyptus were planted with other species in that regards.
Other site visits included Thialane and Diamniadio villages in the Saloum Islands.
In the first village, improved stoves have been made in partnership with Enda Energy for smoked fish. In the 2nd, members of the delegation of Ecosystem Alliance went to mangrove reforestation sites.
In a bid to further strengthen livelihoods, the Inter Committee villagers of Dassilamé Serere have established a large perimeter of vegetable perimeter which is managed by women in the community. Activities related to beekeeping and oysters have also started. In addition, delegates visited a reforested surface of mangrove areas which have experienced significant damage in recent years.
To integrate climate change and ecosystem- approach to local development plan of the rural community of Toubacouta, a consultation brought together local elected officials, local community authorities and the mission of Ecosystem Alliance Programs MFS II.
At the end of the tour, new guidelines have been identified and a new road map defined.
This is an overall positive monitoring tour that MFS II Ecosystem Alliance Program concluded during the January 15th to 25th, 2014 mission.