The dredging work in the Lagoon of Somone, near Mbour, should start in the course of next June, informs Maurice Latyre Dione, one of the deputies to the governor of Thiès.
The company in charge of this work will be chosen “between April and May”, as part of the implementation of the second component of the Climate Change and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (CCGISC) project, Dione said in an interview.
He was speaking during a ceremony to hand over materials to women’s groups (GPF) in the villages of Guéréo, Sorokhassap, Somone and Thiafoura that share the Somone intercommunal reserve.
“With component 2 of the CCGIZC project, which aims to improve local climate resilience through field actions, it is planned to carry out the restoration of the lagoon-estuarine system of which the mangrove represents the most important unit,” informed Maurice Latyre Dione.
“Despite its ecological importance and its contribution to the development of the locality, the Somone lagoon is facing silting up making it a dredging opportunity for the preservation of its ecosystem functions,” he explained.
According to the deputy governor of Thiès, the technical studies (preliminary summary project and final preliminary project) of the dredging work of this lagoon have already been completed. This, he adds, should allow a better knowledge of the hydro-ecological and sedimentary conditions of the area, and to shed light on the choice of the best technical option for dredging.
At the end of these technical studies, four actions to be carried out were selected, including the dredging of eleven sections at the level of the major beds of the lagoon, but also the resizing of the “Catholic Bridge”.
There is also the reconstruction of the water retention structure called “Idrissa Seck Bridge” and the demolition of one of the weirs of the Bandia reserve.
“These technical studies are accompanied by an environmental and social impact study that is being finalized,” announced the deputy governor of Thiès.
According to Maurice Latyre Dione, the purpose of this work is to restore the coastal ecosystem of Somone, to ensure the maintenance of current socio-economic activities and facilitate the regeneration of the mangrove.
Ultimately, the objective is to guarantee the ecological functions of the entire Somone coastal system.
He points out that a study has been carried out to take stock of gender management and climate resilience in development projects and territorial planning documents.
This study was conducted on behalf of the third component of the CCGIZC project, entitled “Improving knowledge on climate issues, with a focus on coastal zones”.
According to Mr Dione, this study recommended that women processors of fish products in Somone be equipped with equipment that can improve their working conditions.