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The Cayal and Ufoyaal Kassa-Bandial marine protected areas (MPAs) were created in 2004 in the north and 2020 in the south of Senegal respectively to foster healthy ecosystems by preserving species diversity and habitat integrity. These areas feature a wide array of habitats, including mangroves, canyons, and seamounts, as well as a number of culturally and economically valuable marine species. However, climate change threatens the gains in protection and sustainability made by the MPAs. In fact, projects suggest Senegal’s marine waters will be among the most vulnerable to climate impacts by 2050.

In this project, researchers will work to understand the risks to these MPAs across multiple physical and ecological parameters, including:

  • How past and future changes in ocean conditions (e.g., temperature, oxygen, salinity etc.) impacts species and habitats;
  • Whether current monitoring is relevant to current trends in the ocean environment and thus effective management; and
  • Where scientific information can advance meaningful action and strengthen a shared sense of stewardship of the MPAs among local communities.

Status: In progress

Type: Marine

Programme: Marine Environment

Tags: Africa Senegal inclusive management Lenfest

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GRID-Arendal's activities support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


GRID-Arendal's activities are nearly always a cooperative undertaking made possible through collaboration with partners and donors.

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