Citizen media for participatory environmental governance in Senegal

Poor governance is endemic in Senegal, with a culture of corruption at all levels of government. Meanwhile, the effects of climate change (floods, rising sea levels, landslides and drought) worsen socioeconomic fragility.  Together these have a negative impact on the environment.

Forest resources are a major source of income, bringing in three billion 3 billion what ? a year, but the granting of forest exploitation licences is not transparent, nor is the division of resources among the state, collectives, communities and private entrepreneurs.

A legal and regulatory framework for managing the environment exists, but it is inadequate. At local and national level, integration of the environmental dimension into policy making is progressing slowly. (For example, a law on land ownership was abandoned).

Parliament should be able to check the power of the executive and put pressure on the government to demonstrate clarity and transparency in the management of the environment, but initiatives in this direction are rare, almost non-existent. Parliament does not fully exercise its constitutional functions of scrutiny, legislation and representation of the people. A perfect example of this is that since 2016 the national assembly has blocked a proposed coastal law.  

The judiciary, which should support the quest for transparency and accountability in environmental governance, struggles to fulfil its role of balancing powers and applying existing law. Thus environmental damage and degradation continue unchecked - deforestation in Casamance, fraudulent mining of sand at Guédiawaye, dumping of toxic industrial waste in the bay of Hann, and the construction of a national stadium in an important green area of the technology park at Pikine.

Civil society organisations such as youth organisations, which should be conducting citizen scrutiny of public authorities at local and national level, produce disappointing results. Their initiatives and their denunciations of environmental damage and degradation are barely heard, because they lack capacity and means for communication, through either old or new media.

The media devote about 1% of their space to the environment, and are interested only in extreme situations like the killing of 15 forestry workers in Casamance. They seek the sensational, instead of providing quality information to denounce infringements and contribute to raising communities’ awareness of environmental issues.

In response to these and other challenges, PIWA launched the project Citizen media for participatory environmental governance in Senegal, with the support of the European Union. The project aims to strengthen young people and media to raise citizens’ awareness and foster democratic, participatory and responsible governance of the environment in Senegal.

Pour atteindre ces résultats, l’IPAO la stratégie d’intervention de l’IPAO est :



  • 3 ateliers de formation de 22 acteurs médiatiques pendant 3 ans
  • 1 atelier de formation des formateurs en direction de 30 jeunes sur les médias sociaux
  • 90 sessions de démultiplication sur l’utilisation des médias sociaux auprès des jeunes



  • 30 dossiers exhaustifs sur la déforestation, l’assainissement et la pollution
  • 72 reportages radiophoniques sur les bonnes et mauvaises pratiques environnementales
  • 100 vidéos de jeunes sur les initiatives citoyennes en faveur de l’environnement
  • 100 vidéos de jeunes dénonçant les dégradations de l’environnement
  • 1 film valorisant les initiatives citoyennes environnementales  



  • 240 débats radiophoniques sur les politiques environnementales à l’échelle locale
  • 2 fora multi-acteurs /an sur l’environnement au niveau local
  • 12 débats virtuels sur les questions environnementales au Sénégal


  • 1 manuel pratique sur le journalisme en environnement
  • 3 dossiers de presse réalisés par les chercheurs en environnement  pour les journalistes
  • 1 cartographie des études d'impact environnementales et des centres de recherche
  • 1 cartographie des initiatives citoyennes en faveur de l'environnement ....


1.To provide information on environmental issues and policies at national and regional level, particularly on deforestation, sanitation and pollution 
  • 22 media actors trained on environmental issues
  • 22 community radio animators trained in techniques of reporting and holding debates; 10 local correspondents trained in innovative media techniques (fact-checking; mobile journalism)
  • 1 practical manual on investigative journalism
  • 3 dossiers produced by researchers, aimed at journalists
  • 1 mapping of environmental impact studies and research centres 
2. To strengthen the capacities, especially of young people, to monitor and raise awareness through media on the development and implementation of national and local environmental policy, particularly on deforestation, sanitation and pollution
  • 30 future young trainers introduced to community management
  • Around 4050 young people trained in use of social media and introduced to environmental issues in Senegal
  • 200 videos made and shared through young people’s social media on good and bad environmental practices
  • 1 mapping of citizen initiatives to protect the environment
  • 1 film promoting young people’s media productions on environment issues
3.To strengthen dialogue between communities and decision-makers on environmental policies and issues 
  • 240 radio debates produced by community radio stations
  • 6 multi-stakeholder forums on environment issues at local level
  • 3 meetings of a multi-disciplinary scientific committee
  • 12 virtual debates organised on the fringes of local environmental fora 


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