Mangroves are a tidal swamp ecosystem which can be found in tropical and humid subtropical regions. An ecotone between land and sea, the mangrove areas are extremely rich and are vital breeding places for fish on a global scale. Over-harvesting, the construction of infrastructure and the drought during the 1980’s are major factors that led to the degradation of 25% of the Senegalese mangrove between 1980 and 2010. Oceanium contributes to restoring this ecosystem (more than 10 000 ha to this day) by raising awareness and through active reforestation.
- Restoring the forest cover and biodiversity.
- Fixing the soil and reducing coastal erosion.
- Fighting against soil salinisation and protection of arable lands.
- Climate regulation and fighting climate change thanks to large amounts of carbon dioxide being absorbed by growing trees.
Created in 1984, Oceanium is a trusted Senegalese association which has been recognised as an entity of public interest. At first, Oceanium mainly acted for sustainable management of the marine environment.
Today, their actions extend onto land and sea in Senegal and the surrounding countries and are carried out by a team comprised of professionals and volunteers led by Haidar El Ali.
This project contributes to 3 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.