• Media ID-4111

    Extreme E is teaming up with local NGO, Oceanium, to plant one million mangrove trees in Senegal. In addition, Extreme E will support the EcoZone Project, a living lab that addresses the Lac Rose community’s primary needs while preserving the environment through experiential learning, regenerative agriculture and a circular economy

  • Media ID-4108

    The Oceanium project, which Extreme E has identified in partnership with TO.org, will focus on five areas totalling 60 hectares – the equivalent of around 112 football pitches – with the aim of reforesting mangroves, providing education to local populations and improving social cohesion.

    Mangroves are one of the richest ecosystems in the world, providing essential goods and services and playing an important role in the life of coastal communities in countries like 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.

    Senegal has around 185,000 hectares of mangrove estuaries in the regions of Casamance and Sine Saloum, but unfortunately these are disappearing very quickly. Between 1980 and 2000, 25 per cent of Senegal’s mangroves and 35 per cent of the world’s mangroves were lost due to droughts and deforestation.

  • Media ID-4109

    The loss of mangroves is having a negative impact not only on the environment, but also on local communities that depend on them for their livelihood, making it so important to restore these degraded areas.

    TO.org is a legacy partner of Extreme E in Senegal and has been instrumental in bringing the series to the West African nation as a race location and identifying local legacy projects. 

    The EcoZone Project is specific to the village in Lac Rose, an area that was once a tourist hotspot but is now home to a community facing many challenges. This is in collaboration with GroupeSenghor (GS) and Extreme E’s Senegal legacy partner, to.org.

  • Media ID-4107

    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.

  • Media ID-4110

    The three key areas of the project are community outreach, resource conservation and economic empowerment through a variety of initiatives that create a circular economy, allowing communities to become self-sufficient from both a living and economic perspective. The specific projects are as follows:

    • 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 Ecobricks and local creativity to enhance and beautify their neighbourhoods

  • Media ID-4112

    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.