Senegalese farmers along the Casamance River delta have been planting millions of mangrove buds to reforest the region. After decades of clearing the forests for firewood, saltwater has intruded into the delta, turning farmland into barren fields. Mangrove forests are a natural barrier against saltwater, host diverse ecosystems, and slow desertification. They also absorb significant amounts of carbon. The huge reforestation project has many partners, and forms part of the Great Green Wall initiative to halt desertification and soil erosion in the Sahel.
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