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Title:Towards sustainable development: reports on 14 Nordic-supported projects in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mekong Basin, Sri Lanka and Tanzania
Author:Gaye, SidyISNI
Year:1987
Pages:16
Language:English
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Panos
Geographic terms:Mauritania
Denmark
Subjects:development projects
development cooperation
deserts
Abstract:Since 1984 Mauritania's dune stabilization project, supported by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), has been planting trees and shrubs to protect villages, roads and agricultural plots against moving dunes. The first phase of the programme (1948-1986) had a dual objective: 1. to protect those towns and villages most threatened by the encroaching sands, as well as the public service infrastructure, such as roads, dams and irrigation projects; and 2. to support training at every level and to set up national bodies capable of responding efficiently to the difficulties connected with desertification. Priority areas were four oases in the north and centre-east of Mauritania, two towns with agricultural plots in the sylvo-pastoral Sahelian belt, four sections of the Highway of Hope, and five administrative and commercial centres, four of which in the east and southwest of the country. Techniques used included mechanical stabilization (the placing of obstacles on dunes) and reforestation.
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