• Dakar, Senegal
    29-30 May 2021

    population 17 million
    timezone UTC +0

    AVG. TEMP (year) 24°C
    AVG. SUNLIGHT (day) 8.2hrs
    AVG. RAINFALL (year) 459mm
    Height above sea level 12m
    Terrain Sandbars, salt beds, gravel, rocks

    issue facing Rising sea levels Plastic pollution

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    Extreme E visited Senegal, on the west coast of Africa, the historic home of the Dakar Rally, in May 2021. The race site at Lac Rose - also known as Lake Retba – is situated approximately 30 kilometers from the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Sand bars, salt beds, gravel, rocks, and undulations provided the drivers with real challenges, as they had to navigate the narrow off-road sand tracks between and around the striking Lac Rose, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

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    field notes

    find out what timo had to say about the OCEAN x prix

    Prior to X Prix, Championship Driver and Course Advisor, Timo Schneider described the challenges that the Extreme E drivers and their ODYSSEY 21’s would have to navigate at Lac Rose: “For the Ocean X Prix, drivers will again face a mostly sandy terrain, though very different in nature to the deserts of Saudi Arabia.”

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    racing conditions

    Lac Rose in Senegal on the west coast of Africa is Extreme E’s Ocean race location. The race site at Lac Rose - also known as lake Retba - is approximately 30 kilometers from the senegalese capital, Dakar. Sand bars, salt beds, gravel, rocks and undulations will provide the drivers with real challenges, as they navigate the narrow off-road sand tracks between and around the striking Lac Rose, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

    The region was chosen not only for its interesting terrain but also for its serious environmental issues - rising sea levels and plastic pollution - which Extreme E aimed to highlight by racing there. 

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    obstacles

    “Obstacles will include a myriad of short, sharp elevation and directional changes as the drivers navigate their way through the tight and twisty inland sector, a world apart from the long, sweeping, full throttle sections of the AlUla desert. Competitors will see less elevation changes experienced in Saudi, more like four to five metres here across a series of dunes but with more short drops and sharp rises.

    “In the middle sector, the route crosses close to the main paddock area and heads to the other side of the course where the sand becomes softer and will include more small dips and drops before entering back out onto the stunning beach, running alongside the picturesque turquoise sea, which will present some spectacular images of the Ocean X Prix.”

    Extreme E’s race at Lac Rose certainly delivered. Rosberg X Racing’s Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson left Senegal holding on to their cherished lead in the championship after a thrilling weekend.

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    local environment

    Climate change has a profound impact on marine ecosystems, which threatens the wellbeing of people who depend on them. Climate challenges include rising sea levels – putting the very existence of some islands at risk – extreme weather and elevated rates of erosion.

    population 1.05 Mil

    plant species 2,100
    mammal species 192
    reptile species 91
    bird species 612
    Fish Species 147

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    The Problem

    Our oceans are in crisis. Half of coral reefs and a third of mangroves and seagrasses have already been lost, leaving coastal communities vulnerable to erosion, storm damage and food shortages. Crucial fish stocks are on the point of collapse, threatening not only food security for the human population that depends on them but the entire food chain. 

    Plastics, oil spills and agrochemicals are destroying ocean environments and contaminating food chains. Climate change is causing the heating of our oceans, making them more acidic and bleaching coral reefs, melting the ice at the poles and endangering the life which they support. Above all, global warming results in rising sea levels that put some islands and coastlines at risk of disappearing altogether.

    The overall goal was to bring partners together to address the region’s most critical social and environmental issues – rising sea-levels, marine ecosystem degradation and desertification – worsened by overfishing, inadequate waste management and climate change. 

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    Extreme e legacy

    Extreme E teamed up with TO.org and local NGO Oceanium to plant one million mangrove trees in Senegal. The project has focused on five areas totaling 60 hectares, which is the equivalent of 112 football pitches with the aim to reforesting mangroves, providing education to local populations and improving social cohesion. 

    Mangroves are one of the richest ecosystems in the world and provide essential goods and services, playing an important role in the life of coastal communities in the likes of Senegal. In addition to being an excellent carbon store, they reduce flooding and erosion from storms, act as nurseries for fish and filter salt and pollutants from water.

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    In addition, Extreme E joined forces with GroupeSenghor (GS) alongside TO.org to raise awareness of climate issues by engaging local people to create a healthy environment and in turn build a sustainable community, through the provision of guidance, information and tools to empower. The EcoZone Project aims to establish hubs of inspiration and action for the whole community through the following activities:

    • Experiential learning at local schools to make them hubs for sustainable action and community cohesion

    • Regenerative agriculture for productive land usage

    • Tree-planting activities to help tackle climate change while increasing greener and healthier living

    • Eco-construction by using Ecobriques and local creativity to enhance and beautify their neighbourhoods