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The largest threats to the Senegalese environment stem from exhaustion of the nation's natural resources.1 These threats include overfishing, overgrazing, and deforestation.2 Pollution from these industries as well as pharmaceuticals, food processing, tourism, and other industries also constitute a threat to the environment.3 Senegal lost 675,000 hectares of forested land during the period of 1990 to 2005 and the rate has increased since then.4 This is also seen as a contributor to desertification and soil erosion.5 Currently, Senegal does not have adequate climate change legislation in place and, as a result, intense flooding during the rainy season is causing significant issues in certain communities.6

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1http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/senegal/environmental_problems__in_senegal/
2-3 Ibid
4 http://rainforests.mongabay.com/20senegal.htm
5 Ibid
6http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/climate-change-is-drowning-senegal-1.1638595#.VBNSVlZ755w
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Senegal News

Reuters 
Air Senegal SA has ordered two ATR 72-600 aircraft in a 50 million euro ($56 million) deal as the new flagship carrier seeks to build up a fleet ahead of its ... See more..
FRANCE 24 
"Neither war nor peace." That's how residents of Casamance, a region in southern Senegal, describe the conflict that long blighted their fertile land. With the lull in violence in recent years, people are hoping the peace will last and that they can ... See more..
The Herald 
SABLES coach Cyprian “Super” Mandenge believes they have done everything they can to overcome Senegal in a crucial Rugby Africa Gold Cup opening ... See more..
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Reliefweb 
Some 165 Senegalese migrants who were in detention centres in Libya have been repatriated to Senegal on June 6, 2017. The International Organization of Migrants (IOM) organized their return, in collaboration with the Senegalese authorities and the ... See more..
Independent 
French-Beninese former journalist and Senegal-based blogger Karelle Vignon-Vullierme presents a plate with self-made pastry in her kitchen in Dakar on March ... See more..
Business Mirror 
INCREASE the popularity of cycling in Senegal, organize mountain bike events to attract youngsters, find partners willing to invest in the sport. Michel Thioub set himself a tough set of challenges when elected president of the Fédération Sénégalaise ... See more..
Washington Post 
TOUBAB DIALAW, Senegal — The glow of a tobacco pipe illuminates the stage before dancer Germaine Acogny begins to move. She uses a simple black cloth to portray her many identities: African, creator, mother, mystic and object of desire. At 73, Acogny ... See more..
Deseret News 
Just before dawn at the base of the “Phare des Mamelles” lighthouse on a hill overlooking Senegal, Elder David A. Bednar offered a dedicatory prayer on May 22 on the people and land of the West African nation. Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve ... See more..
Chronicle 
ZIMBABWE senior rugby team captain Denford Mutamangira has promised the nation the best performance when they face Senegal in a crucial Rugby Africa ... See more..
The News (subscription) 
TOUBAB DIALAW, Senegal — The glow of a tobacco pipe illuminates the stage before dancer Germaine Acogny begins to move. She uses a simple black cloth ... See more..
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Geography

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania
Area

Total 196,722 sq km
Land 192,530 sq km
Water 4,192 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid; rainy season (May to November) has strong southeast winds; dry season (December to April) dominated by hot, dry, harmattan wind
Natural Resources

fish, phosphates, iron ore ;
Natural Hazards

lowlands seasonally flooded; periodic droughts
Current Environmental Issues

wildlife populations threatened by poaching; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification; overfishing

Demographics

Nationality
Senegalese
Population
13,300,410 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Senegal relies heavily on donor assistance and foreign direct investment. The country's key export industries are phosphate mining, fertilizer production, and commercial fishing. The country is also working on iron ore and oil exploration projects. After seeing its economy contract by 2.1% in 1993, Senegal made an important turnaround, thanks to an economic reform program backed by the donor community, which led to real growth in GDP averaging over 5% annually during 1995-2007. Annual inflation was pushed down to the single digits. The global economic downturn reduced growth to 2.2% in 2009. The IMF completed a non-dispersing, Policy Support Initiative ...See More program in 2010 and approved a new three-year policy support instrument in December 2010 to assist with economic reforms. Senegal also receives disbursements from a $540 million Millennium Challenge Account for infrastructure and agriculture development. In 2012, the economy began to rebound after a weak 2011. The economy continues to suffer from unreliable power supply, which has led to public protests and high unemployment and has prompted migrants to flee Senegal in search of better job opportunities in Europe. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$27.01 billion (2012 est.); $26.09 billion (2011 est.); $25.42 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

16.7% of GDP (2012 est.); 17.5% of GDP (2011 est.); 21.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

peanuts, millet, corn, sorghum, rice, cotton, tomatoes, green vegetables; cattle, poultry, pigs; fish
Industries

agricultural and fish processing, phosphate mining, fertilizer production, petroleum refining; iron ore, zircon, and gold mining, construction materials, ship construction and repair