Senegal: Strengthening Urban and Coastal Resilience in Saint-Louis

Context and Objectives

The historical city of Saint-Louis, which is registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is located on the northwest coast of Senegal.  Saint-Louis experiences flooding and erosion challenges, due to its geophysical characteristics as well as human activities such as the construction of unplanned settlements.

The Government of Senegal, with support from the World Bank, has embarked on several initiatives to reduce the vulnerability of populations to climatic hazards and strengthen urban and coastal resilience. This includes the US$30 million World Bank-funded project Saint Louis Emergency Recovery and Resilience Project (SERRP) and the US$90.6 million Stormwater Management and Climate Change Adaptation Project (PROGEP).

Several studies are being conducted under the SERRP and PROGEP, many of which will receive support from the ACP-EU NDRR project. The ACP-EU NDRR project will provide specialized expertise and technical assistance to the Government of Senegal to support the design and development of complex coastal zone management and urban resilience studies being implemented under the SERRP and PROGEP. This will facilitate evidenced-decision making, particularly for:

  • Improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable communities along the Langue de Barbarie;
  • Strengthening coastal zone management and urban planning in the City of Saint-Louis.

Main Activities

Support will be provided to the city of Saint Louis, through:

Component 1: Support of environmental and social assessments.

  • The SERRP project is planning a relocation process for populations affected by coastal erosion. The studies conducted by the ACP-EU NDRR project aim to ensure that the needs of and impacts on affected populations are appropriately considered and incorporated in the process.

Component 2: Review of the technical rigor of studies on analytical coastal zone management.

  • The ACP-EU NDRR project will provide technical input to two coastal zone management studies under the PROGEP and SERRP projects. These include a hydrodynamic and sediment transport model study of the Saint Louis delta, and the design of a coastal risk management solution to protect the Langue de Barbarie shoreline.

Component 3: Consultation and communication with stakeholders to facilitate evidence-based decision making.

  • The ACP-EU NDRR project will provide technical input and coordination across various urban planning and urban policy reform studies planned and ongoing under the PROGET and SERRP projects. As all studies are contributing towards the development of an overall urban resilience plan for the agglomeration of Saint-Louis, the efforts of the ACP-EU NDRR project will help build coherence across the multi-sectoral activities.

Component 4: Coordination of activities across projects financed by the World Bank as well as other development partners.

  • The ACP-EU NDRR project will support, among others, stakeholder dialogues and the documentation of best practices.

Results

The project is in its inception phase.

Partnerships and Coordination

The project will support active dialogue and coordination amongst the various development partners active in Senegal (including the French Development Agency and the Institut Technologique des Canaries), to ensure effectiveness and maximize impact.

Country
Region
  • Africa
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $400,000
Duration
  • 01/2019 - 02/2020