Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Senegal secures its sealine: AAP initiative finds solutions for key areas at risk of coastal erosion

Senegal secures its sealine: AAP initiative finds solutions for key areas at risk of coastal erosion

Associated Organization: UNDP/AAP

Located 80 kilometres south of Dakar, the Saly seaside resort area is perhaps Senegal’s most popular and profitable tourist attraction. Hundreds of thousands of tourists, mostly European, visit the country to holiday there, drawn by the year-round sunny weather and beaches of fine white sand. But in the last few years, the ocean that had been an accomplice in leisure became destructive; its waves began to swallow up sand from the beach and damage the hotels. In May, management of the Filaos Hotel, one of the largest in the area, had to evacuate guests from rooms closest to the sea when waves threatened to flood them.It soon transpired that the beach in front of 10 major hotels, beach the national beach soccer team trained on just three years ago, had widely eroded and even disappeared in some places. Read more http://bit.ly/P2jcd9

Themes: Crosscutting Issues, Poverty and vulnerability, Water

Regions: West Africa

Countries: Senegal

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