• 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.

  • Lac Rose in Senegal on the west coast of Africa is Extreme E’s Ocean race location and season-opener. 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.

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    Lac Rose in Senegal on the west coast of Africa is Extreme E’s Ocean race location and season-opener. 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.

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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.

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    22-24JANUARY 2021

    OCEAN E-PRIX
    Lac Rose in Senegal, on the West Coast of Africa, will host the Ocean X-prix in our inaugural season. The announcement was made during a community beach clean at the proposed race site at Lac Rose – also known as Lake Retba – approximately 30 kilometres from the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

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    EXTREME E LEGACY
    The overall goal is 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.

    Extreme E is teaming up with local NGO Oceanium to plant one million mangrove trees in Senegal.

    The project 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.

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    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.

    This legacy project has the full support of Dr Lucy Woodall, our Ocean Scientist and Principal Scientist from Nekton Foundation. Lucy specialises in understanding the impacts humans have on the marine environment and alongside her, Extreme E also work with To.Org in Senegal.