Ecology Programmes Mangrove Capital Africa – Senegal

Saloum Delta Reserve

The Saloum Delta Reserve (SDR) is a biodiversity-rich mangrove ecosystem on Senegal’s Atlantic coast. More than 100,000 people depend on the delta’s extensive mangroves for their livelihoods. They share them with hundreds of thousands of birds, with dolphins, the West Africa manatee and sea turtle species such as leatherbacks, loggerheads and green turtles.

Current challenges

The delta’s mangrove system faces a whole suite of challenges ranging from declining freshwater flows, saltwater intrusion and over-exploitation of timber and fishery resources. Land
clearance for agriculture, ill-planned infrastructure development, offshore oil and gas exploration and climate change also play their parts. A rapidly growing population with limited alternatives to destructive mangrove practices adds further pressure.


To increase the ecological, social and economic values of over 1 million hectares of African mangroves. People will have greater resilience and prosperity. The meaning of this may vary:

  1. Increasing mangrove dependent incomes by 15-30 percent;
  2. Exposure to fewer oil spills for example will help improve people’s health;
  3. Greater say over natural resource management will create a more stable society, resulting in more prospects for work and a stronger social fabric.

Healthy mangroves will support climate adaptation, by reducing erosion, saline intrusion, storm damage and other climate-change impacts. Meanwhile, better management practices will enable mangroves themselves to adapt to climate change by allowing them to migrate inland as sea-levels rise. Most of all, this programme will help safeguard mangrove capital for nature and people.

Mangrove Capital Africa in Senegal is a programme of Wetlands International Africa.

Key features

Landscape  Saloum Delta (Senegal) – 73.000 hectares
Goals for next 2 years  Launch of participatory CSO platform
  Adoption of management plans
  Start of extensive train-the-trainers programme