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Reforestation and community tree nurseries

Our teams work on the reforestation of mangroves in Senegal and also preserve the country’s forests every year by organizing large-scale reforestation of palmyra, and building community tree nurseries.

The Borassus (fan palm)

Link YouTube video, « Plante ton rônier »

This tall palm tree, which can reach up to 20 metres, consists of a straight and plain trunk topped by a crown of big leaves that looks like a fan. It originated from the plains of Ethiopia, hence its biological name (borassus aethiopum). Mostly, the migration of elephants accounts for its dispersion in semi-arid and semi-humid zones all over Africa. Today, the slowly growing species is threatened by natural factors (diminishing rainfall, fungal infestation, parasites, bush fires) as well as by its excessive exploitation by humans for construction and handicraft purposes. A movie has been produced by Oceanium ("Keru Ron" or "L’ombre du rônier") which reveals the trafficking of this tree between Senegal and its neighbouring countries such as Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.

With the participation of villagers, Oceanium organises large-scale Borassus reforestation campaigns. The method is simple and delivers quick results, because it is enough to pick up the nuts of the Borassus and plant them semi-direct. Since 2008, Oceanium and its partner villages have planted more than five million Borassus palm trees in the regions of Thiès, Sine Saloum, Tambacounda and in the Casamance.

Community tree nurseries

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With a drip-by-drip bucket irrigation system our trees grow every day (Copyright: Hellio & Van Ingen).

In order to enhance ecologic preservation and economic development, Oceanium supports the setup of community tree nurseries by providing expertise (training, advice), quality seeds and material (fences, gardening equipment). In this way, more than fifty tree nurseries have been created across the country.

On top of that, Oceanium created additional garden centres in Dakar, Sipo and Diaken Wolof. In the Senegalese capital, for example, more than 10,000 trees grow in a plot of 300 m², where coconut palms, citrus fruit trees, moringas, avocados, fromagers (bombax) and other species are found.
As soon as the trees have grown big enough, Oceanium supplies them for free in the villages where they are planted during the winter season.

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