||UNESCO Chair in
Integrated Management and Sustainable Development of Coastal Regions and
national and sub-regional expertise in sustainable development of
coastal regions through a multi-disciplinary postgraduate training
programme involving theoretical and practical components.
||Département de géographie, Faculté des Lettres et
Sciences Humaines, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Sénégal.
Chair was established on 2nd April 1997.
faculties and institutions of the Cheikh
Anta Diop University (UCAD): Higher Polytechnics School, Faculty of
Economics and Management, Faculty of Science and Techniques, Faculty of
Law and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of
Medicine, Pharmacy and Stomatology, Fundamental Institute for Black Africa,
Centre for Ecological Monitoring and the Environment; Oceanographic Research
Centre of Dakar-Thiaroye; Consulting Society for Soil Planning; non-governmental
et Development in the Third World - Economie Populaire, Oceanium,
World Wildlife Fund,
University of Perpignan, France, University of Grand Canaria, Spain, Development
Research Institute, France; United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
Dakar Office, Sectors for Social and Human Sciences (Management
of Social Transformation
intergovernmental programme), Education (Division of Higher Education),
and Natural Sciences (Coastal Regions and Small
Mamadou Kandji, Dean, Faculté des Lettres & Sciences Humaines, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, B.P. 5005, Dakar-Fann, Sénégal.
825 2960, Fax: 221 825 4977
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S. Diop (1997-1998), e-mail Prof .
M. Sall (1999 – June 2000)
Prof. A. Kane (Since July 2000 ), e-mail email@example.com
Chair provides theoretical and practical postgraduate training to
Senegalese students, and to West African students, on integrated coastal
management for the sustainable development of people living in coastal
areas. A multi-disciplinary
grouping of themes considered priorities in the sub-region have been
favoured, covering natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, law
and economics. The training includes lectures, laboratory work,
fieldwork and pilot projects.
seminars and conferences
are conducted on the following topics:
principles of integrated management and sustainable development in
African coastal regions,
in aquatic ecosystems,
of groundwater in coastal regions,
of marine and estuarine waters, impacts on aquatic ecosystems and
management and sustainable
development of fishing activities in Senegal,
of continental fishing on development,
of fishing resources,
aspects of sustainable development of coastal regions and small
method of participative research, the sociological and
socio-economic aspects of development,
of rural lands and dynamics in littoral regions,
and evolution in estuarine and littoral environments,
impacts of tourism development in Senegalese coastal areas,
development of coastal cities in West Africa,
societies and development: example from the insular tropical
rules and cultural organisations of populations in relation to
assessment of coastal regions management,
aspects of coastal regions development.
Laboratory practicals are carried out in new and innovative computer
technology: computer-programming, Word and Excel software, Internet;
as well as areas related to lecture topics such as remote sensing
and water chemistry, and others as necessary.
is focused around different topics including the following:
of marine and coastal areas,
erosion and protection of coastal cities,
of polluted waters in coastal areas,
organizations’ (NGOs) involvement in the participative
management of local communities in coastal cities,
tourism development and
its impacts on sustainable development,
use and hydro-agricultural development issues in the Senegal River
of mangrove areas,
of lake shore ecosystems.
study areas include the Madeleine Islands, the Biosphere Reserve of the
Saloum Delta, Nema Bah, Bird Islet, the estuary of the Senegal River
from Diama dam to the mouth of the Senegal River, the coastal
communities in Yoff and Yeumbeul - part of the Greater Dakar’s
have been initiated and conducted by the UNESCO Chair and its
students in the following areas:
and environmental improvement in a coastal city, Yeumbeul,
Senegal: groundwater quality and parasitology (1996-1998) (summary,
issues in a traditional coastal community, Yoff, Senegal:
conservation of cultural and biological diversity (1997-1999) (summary,
smaller–scale projects on the Senegalese coast (Sine-Saloum,
Casamance, Senegal River): mangrove ecosystem restoration and
natural resources management (summary,
and teaching activities: between 1997 and 2001, 70 students (57
holding a postgraduate degree) participated in the UNESCO Chair.
These students were from Senegal (the majority), Mauritania,
Togo, Côte d’Ivoire and France. An evaluation of the teaching
programme by the students highlighted the following:
the global nature of the teaching is interesting, its relevance
needs to be reinforced.
is a need to strengthen as much as possible the interdisciplinary
nature of the Chair.
of the students who participated in the Chair, now work in NGOs,
development agencies or are reading for theses.
They maintain that the interdisciplinary nature of the
Chair has helped them deal with development issues with a wider,
number of students should be reduced from 15 to 10 per year, with
a view to improving their performance and minimising job
the three field
projects (Yeumbeul, Yoff and Saloum) and other small-scale projects
have been beneficial to the students, providing them with practical
information day (27th April
1997), when research work was presented by UCAD and local partners
on the groundwater pollution in Yeumbeul, a disadvantaged suburban
district of Dakar.
on ‘Wise practices for the sustainable development of coastal
areas and islands’ on 4 May 1998.
of the UNESCO Chair’s objectives, teachings and achievements to
the fifth session of the Regional Committee of the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission for the Central East
Atlantic, Dakar, 5-12 May 2000.
with UNESCO Clubs (groups comprising mainly youngsters, who
undertake activities inspired by UNESCO’s work), the UNESCO
Chair has participated in the running of Environment Day (5th
June 2001) by visiting a reforestation site in the Biosphere
Reserve of the Saloum Delta, and holding a debate on the reasons
for failure or success of the mangrove swamp reforestation.
awareness and fund raising open
day in Dakar, 22nd March 2002.
long-term objective is to continue to offer theoretical and
intersectoral high level training in sustainable development in coastal
West Africa, including field projects.
short-term objectives are to provide ten students each year with
intersectoral training on integrated coastal management and sustainable
development focusing on themes having priority for Western Africa
(Senegal and the bordering countries), including field projects.
scientific support to local populations, specifically advice on
development priorities and management methods.
the lessons learned in interdisciplinary teaching.