Sine-Saloum Mangroves,
Restoring ecosystems in Senegal
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under restoration


trees growing


species regenerating


families benefiting


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Our goal in the spectacular delta of the Sine-Saloum in Senegal, the most visited region in the country, is to replant mangroves over over 3834 hectares at long term densities of about 2400 trees per hectare for Rhizophora spp. and 500 trees per hectare for Avicennia spp.

Our project will also re-establish sustainable and profitable mangrove-friendly fishing and farming activities for local communities.

It is expected to form part of the largest carbon-certified mangrove project in the world, together with a similar project in the more southerly Casamance delta.

Why and how we’re working here

Villages here rely on the mangroves to protect them from storms and support agriculture, fishing and seafood. The delta was seriously affected by a drought from 1968 to 1994, which killed the mangroves in the higher parts of the mudflats.
The mangroves were also chopped down for their wood.
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The Sine-Saloum delta, west Senegal

Restoration approaches

Direct planting (Rhizophora); nursery for A. germinans

Restoration partners




Rhizophora mangle, R. racemosa, R. harisonnii and Avicennia germinans



The project’s impact on people

The mangroves here are crucial to local people; fish, including shellfish, is the primary source of animal protein in Senegal. Household incomes are low because of ever-diminishing harvests of fish and shellfish after the loss of their mangrove habitat. The communities here also rely heavily on farming, growing ground nuts, maize and rice and collecting wild honey.

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Updates from the Blue Carbon programme

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