29.11.2011 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Joining hands to tackle the problem of flooding in Senegal

A meeting will be held at UNESCO Dakar (BREDA) on 29-30 November 2011 to make a diagnosis on the issue of flooding in Dakar and other areas of Senegal

The objective is to formulate proposals for innovative, relevant and sustainable solutions in this area. For several years, the serious consequences of flooding have affected people in Senegal.

"New solutions, sustainable and acceptable to all will be formulated and communicated to the state authorities," says the Director of UNESCO Dakar, Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta.

An ongoing dialogue

The meeting is organized by the National Commission for UNESCO with the support of UNESCO Dakar (BREDA).

It will allow different players (political authorities, local authorities, technical staff, development partners, NGOs and communities themselves) to define a strategy with a long-term perspective.

A mechanism will be set up to ensure contionous dialogue between all levels of partnes to create greater synergy.

"The Senegalese authorities are determined to resolve issues related to flooding. The recommendations of experts will facilitate their work and inform their decisions, " she adds.

Curb the devastating effects

Many efforts have been made ​​by the local authorities and other stakeholders to curb the devastating effects of flooding. Significant results have been obtained. However, much remains to be done. Creating sustainable results requires more effort and collaboration, particularly in terms of human and material resources.

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