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The site chosen for the pilot project is located in the hotspot that was ranked first during the preparatory phase, in the Tanji Bird Reserve in the Southern portion of the River Gambia estuary.
The site has rich biological diversity (endangered species are registered) as well as important coastal erosion and population at risk.
At local level, the ecotourim camp is achieved. As a first agreement, it is recognized that interests of the surrounding communities should be preserved. The national steering committee is meeting regularly with site visits organized and monitoring of activities at local and national levels. Regarding mangrove restoration, only 5.2 ha (on the 8 to 10 ha projected) have been restored in mid August 2010 (restrictions are due to the use by birds of projected zones). The zone of the Tanbi Wetland Complex has been partly delimited (18 km on a total of 24 km). There have been problems linked with conflicts with private owners and also those due to rains.
Training activities as well as the emplacement of new systems for the mangrove oysters’ growth have been realized with the women of Lamin and 25 (on the 28 projected) small boats have been built in November 2010.
Training activities for trainers and school children on the Sandwatch program have been organized. Sensitization activities on environmental impacts assessments and on waste disposals have been projected for local communities but have not been realized due to late disbursements of funds. They will be done by the end of November.
On the basis of the report on integrated coastal zone management, an intersectoral management unit for the coastal zone was created.