SENEGAL-ENVIRONNEMENT / Tambacounda: towards the development of six new community forests – Senegalese press agency

Tambacounda, June 24 (APS) – The Natural Resources Management Project in Senegal (SENRM) plans the development of six new community forests in the region of Tambacounda (east), APS learned from its coordinator, Ndèye Coura Mbaye , Monday.

”SENRM is a project that was set up by the State of Senegal to have better management of forestry and fishery resources,” said Ms. Mbaye during the launch of the project in Tambacounda.

The SENRM aims to strengthen the capacities of services working in these different areas and to improve the economic situation of the populations.

Initiated by the government of Senegal, it is financed by the World Bank to the tune of 100 million US dollars, or more than 61 billion francs.

This amount is divided equally between the Ministry of the Environment and Ecological Transition (METE) and the Ministry of Fisheries, Maritime and Port Infrastructure (MPIMP) for a period of six years.

”For the environmental aspect of the project, we will provide a lot of support to the technical departments and services of the METE, so that they can carry out their roles, in particular the Directorate of Environmental Regulation and Control and the Quality Management Center of the air,” said Ndèye Coura Mbaye.

According to her, the project will support the development of implementing texts for the Environmental Code and their dissemination, but also the Directorate of Water, Forests and Hunting and Soil Conservation.

She specifies that ”this will involve strengthening the capacities of the regional water and forest inspection of Tambacounda (IREF) in computer equipment, in rolling stock, to be able to transport the teams as part of their patrols”.

The project, he said, intends to consolidate existing developments, and create six new community forests in addition to the activities of demarcation and signage of developed forests and the Niokolo koba national park.

She specifies that ”the project intervenes for the environmental component in the regions of Kolda, Sédhiou, Kédougou and Tambacounda” and ”to a lesser extent in the region of Kaffrine”.

Ms. Mbaye indicates that ”the total budget allocated to the Tambacounda region amounts to 6.7 billion francs”.

The coordinator also noted that for the fishing sector, the project operates in the regions of Dakar, Thiès, Saint-Louis, Fatick, Ziguinchor, Kolda, Kédougou and Sédhiou.

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