Sédhiou – international timber trafficking, bush fires, land clearing: the Minister of the Environment announces a package of measures

Sédhiou – international timber trafficking, bush fires, land clearing: the Minister of the Environment announces a package of measures
Sédhiou – international timber trafficking, bush fires, land clearing: the Minister of the Environment announces a package of measures

Evil has finished crossing the ages and remains current in the region of Sédhiou. On a working visit the day before yesterday, Saturday May 11, 2024, in the Sédhiou region, the Minister of the Environment and Ecological Transition became aware of the exuberant scale of international timber trafficking in Casamance, the bush fires devastating in Sédhiou, abusive land clearing, among other anthropogenic attacks. Faced with this worrying danger, Professor Daouda Ngom is considering joint actions with neighboring Gambia and strengthening surveillance to contain the problem.

A working visit at a leisurely pace to see first-hand the multifaceted aggression of man on the environment! Professor Daouda Ngom declares having come to Sédhiou, with his delegation, “to discuss with stakeholders the means of preserving forest resources and hunting. Here, the problems that have been brought to our attention are known to everyone, first of all, the illegal exploitation of timber, the trafficking of timber to foreign countries. This constitutes a problem which is close to the heart of the government of Senegal. said the Minister of the Environment and Ecological Transition.

Professor Daouda Ngom announces that actions are underway to block the path of delinquents. “We are in the process of strengthening the forest police, with the support of the defense and security forces, in particular the army and the gendarmerie, who support the water, forestry and hunting agents who carry out a titanic job.

Joint patrols with Gambia

Convinced that the battle could prove in vain, without the involvement of Gambia’s neighbors generally indexed in this illicit timber trafficking, Minister Daouda Ngom underlines the following: “we are also discussing with our neighbors in the Gambia (on) how to manage our forests along our borders because borders are political but are not ecological. The Gambia and Senegal are brother countries that share ecosystems.

The evil is within our communities

Without wanting to play Austrian politics, the Minister of the Environment and Ecological Transition declares that“There is also complicity at the level of local communities in Senegal, who facilitate this illicit exploitation of timber in Casamance. This is why we must raise awareness so that every Senegalese understands that the forest belongs to them and that they must take care of it.

And Professor Daouda Ngom continues, on other concerns and not the least: “the other problem is linked to the bush fires which are also worrying in the Sédhiou region. I was even surprised when the governor informed me that every week there are at least two bush fires that break out in the Sédhiou region.

And to warn: “Here too, the government will take appropriate measures to resolve these problems. Added to this are other problems such as unauthorized clearing and illegal occupation of forests. And there, the administrative authorities and forestry services of the region will take the lead to curb the evil.

Alternatives for a more structured and healthy economy

Returning to the current alternatives to stem the problem, the Minister of the Environment and Ecological Transition reassures that“today, there are many projects from the Ministry of the Environment which intervene in the region of Sédhiou in particular Senren (natural resources management project) for an amount of 2.3 billion CFA francs with developments and activities income-generating activities and institutional support for the regional inspection of water, forests and hunting in Sédhiou. There is also the Senegalese agency for reforestation and the Great Green Wall which will carry out activities in the Sédhiou region. And everything necessary will be done to alleviate the difficulties identified above.observed the Minister of the Environment and Ecological Transition, Professor Daouda Ngom.

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