Launch of the project ‘Gestion Intégrée de la Biodiversité du Delta du Saloum’ (GIBioD)

Activities have picked up again this year in West Africa and MAVA’s partners are motivated to get the newly approved projects started. On 10 January 2018, the Senegalese National Parks Directorate organised a workshop in Ndangane, in the Saloum, on the project GIBioD, supported by MAVA for 3 years for an amount of EUR 320’000. This project is linked to MAVA’s action plan on halting disurbance of shorebirds in coastal wetlands and represents a substantial support for the management of the Saloum Delta National Park, a biosphere reserve listed on the UNESCO World Heritage and Ramsar Lists.

This project focuses on biodiversity conservation issues faced in the Sine-Saloum estuary. Partners are using a marine and coastal resources integrated management approach with the help of other actors already active in the region. This will enable ownership of the project results as well as coherence with the various locally-led development interventions. Capacity building is one of the project priorities in order to contribute in a sustainable manner to the local population’s living conditions and to a good management of the biosphere reserve.

The implementation of the project activities will be done by a local coordination unit, under the leadership of the Senegal National Park Directorate. Local communities will also be widely involved in the project.

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