Reforestation summer camps in the eco-community of Guede Chantier (Senegal) with the support of its twin sister, the ecovillage of Damanhur (Italy)
Context : The eco-community of Guede Chantier is located in the very north of Senegal, in the Sahel region, close to the Sahara desert. In the past five decades, Guede like all the villages in Senegal River Valley, affected by desertification due to climate change and also to the economic activities in the region.
As a result of environmental degradation, heat peaks in May, sand storms in August, irregular rainy seasons, mass impoverishment, rural exodus and immigration are the daily realities of most people in the region.
The vision of REDES (Network for Ecovillage Emergence and Development in the Sahel) is to reverse the environmental degradation and poverty.
REDES and Damanhur are planning to support the population of Guede in its fight against environment degradadtion and community vulnerability by organizing regular reforesting campaigns in and around Guede.
The first edition is scheduled to take place between mid August and mid November 2017 and has the ambition of planting 1500 trees.