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Policy research to identify conditions for optimal functioning of the senegal river ecosystem in mali, mauritania and senegal

Objective

In the Senegal river in West Africa ecological conditions have changed dramatically due to the construction of two major dams. As a result, dense stands of aquatic weeds have developed which cut off entire villages from open water. This dense vegetation interferes with fishing and brings about an increase in granivorous birds and water-borne diseases. So far, water management has mainly been focussed on irrigation of agricultural fields on the former floodplains, without taking into consideration other interests of the local population, such as fishing, vegetable growing, cattle breeding and human health. The proposed action aims at water management policy which optimally takes into consideration the different effects on the environment, also in relation to hydropower and navigability, governmental objectives yet to be implemented. Prevention of water hyacinth spreading into the Senegal River will also be included.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

ROYAL TROPICAL INSTITUTE
Address
Mauritskade 63
1090 HA Amsterdam
Netherlands

Participants (6)

DLWALING NATIONAL PARK
Mauritania
Address

Nouakchott
FINNISH ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE
Finland
Address
Kiilakiventie 1
90101 Oulu
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT MALI
Mali
Address

Bamako
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT SENEGAL
Senegal
Address

Saint Louis
THE WORLD CONSERVATION UNION
Senegal
Address
Avenue Bourgulba Rue 3
Dakar
UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA
Austria
Address
Althanstrasse 14
1090 Wien