Together, GS, to.org and Extreme E aim 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.
The community itself is in Niaga, around 30 kilometres from Dakar and home to 12,388 people. The area and its inhabitants face a variety of issues, which lead to economic vulnerability.
Beyond Lac Rose, the Ecozone Project will spread to Dakar through the ‘Ecobrique Challenge’, where communities will be challenged to contribute to resolving the urban waste issue by producing Ecobriques (PET bottles filled up with dry and non-recyclable waste, mainly post-consumer plastics). This will divert over 40 tonnes of waste from landfill by engaging communities in ecological waste management practices and eco-construction.