Where there is a will, there is a way…

What we do ourselves, we do better! 

[image src=”/assets/Uploads/WhatsApp-Image-2022-04-21-at-1.38.50-AM.jpeg” id=”1229″ width=”300″ height=”225″ class=”left ss-htmleditorfield-file image”]At Téssékéré (in the middle of Senegal’s Great Green Wall), we are scaling up this year to 1250 ha of new forest (an equivalent of 87,500 tCO2). The kick-off for this was given on 15 April. 

Before starting, discussions were held in the months before with the mayor of Téssékéré and the chiefs of the 17 villages bordering the sites. This is important in order to transfer ownership to the local population from the outset. 

[image src=”/assets/Uploads/IMG_0292.JPG” id=”1230″ width=”300″ height=”225″ class=”rightAlone ss-htmleditorfield-file image”]As for the other sites that have already been created (in Mbar Toubab), the last site of 500 hectares has been fenced off with a 10-kilometre fence to protect it from the enormous pressure of cattle. In addition, the people there are also trained and made aware of how to manage and protect the forest.

[image src=”/assets/Uploads/WhatsApp-Image-2022-04-15-at-11.42.05-AM.jpeg” id=”1228″ width=”200″ height=”150″ class=”left ss-htmleditorfield-file image”]Agreements were also made about monitoring the grounds and selling the grasses (for the cattle), which are an extra income for the local population so that, among other things, boys and girls can go to school. The extra income is also used to invest in the financial independence of the women by supporting, among other things, the community projects they want to realise themselves. 

Entrepreneurs Without Frontiers vzw is planting forests on a non-profit basis, with a strong Senegalese and Belgian team, together with some twenty active volunteers who are committed to a cooler climate. 

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