Senegal: Prof. Alioune Kane of UCAD launches master's degree in coastal management


Alioune Kane, titular Professor in the Department of geography of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) of Dakar, stresses the importance of implementing integrated management of the Senegalese coastline, which accommodates 70% of the national population and 80% of industries, hotels and tourist sites. This attractiveness of the coastal zone is still accentuated today by the fact that oil and gas wealth has been discovered there ' ' for some years ' ', said in essence the geographer in an interview published in the daily Le Soleil of this Thursday. All this makes according to the geographer that ' ' everyone wants his slice of the cake ' '. But while the coastline remains an environment conducive to development, the fact remains that ' ' this overconcentration undermines its development ' ', warns Prof. Kane. That is why it is important to put in place integrated management that would regulate all these activities to reduce their impact on the environment. Initiator of a master's degree for better management of the Senegalese coastline, Prof. Alioune Kane recalls, however, that ' ' coastal policies are not easy to implement ' '. ' ' The coasts are spaces of lust and power where conflicts of interest are numerous. The coastline is a whole, it should not be forgotten. The dilemma is to administer it well, explained the geographer. According to him, the coastline, which serves as a hyphen with the rest of the world, ' ' plays an economic, cultural and political role ' '. But while conscious of all this, the State will have to take up the challenge of setting up an appropriate ' ' governance for the purpose of structuring it sustainably ' '. Dr. Kane also believes that the presence of waste on the coasts is a concern. ' ' It is not always pleasant to wander along our coasts. The sea is often considered a natural trash can which, thanks to its various currents, would evacuate the trash away from the coast ' ', he said. It indicates that discharges at sea result in ' real environmental problems both on water quality and on marine biodiversity ' '. Mr. Kane has in this regard given the example of the Bay of Hann where the damage caused by all these rubbish is simply staggering. The geographer explains that ' ' sanitation is inadequate ' ', regreting that ' ' the days of the sea are no longer sufficient to sensitize the people ' '. For him, these environmental issues would merit a major action throughout the national territory. (With APS)


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