Adaptation to Coastal Erosion in Vulnerable Areas, is a coastal protection activity implemented in Senegal by the Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE). The activity is to protect the coastal areas of Rufisque, Saly and Joal – all just outside Senegal’s capital Dakar – against further erosion caused by sea level rise and storm surges.
The activity is one of the first of its type to receiving funding from the Adaptation Fund, which finances projects and programmes that help developing countries to adapt to the negative effects of climate change. Started in January 2011, the activity aims to reduce exposure to climate change impacts on the coast by protecting houses and coastal infrastructure - such as fishing docks, fish processing plants and even tourism - that are threatened by erosion and salt-water intrusion. Some measures the activity introduced include anti-salt dikes to mitigate salination of agricultural lands and sea defences to prevent coastal erosion.
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