BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
FOR 920 000 PEOPLE
IN URBAN SENEGAL
Partnership for Integrated Urban Flood Prevention in Senegal
Each year heavy downpours during the wet season between August and September cause urban flooding in Senegal. In some areas the floodwaters linger for months, stagnating and causing health risks as well as major damage to household and community life, especially for the poorest members of Senegal’s urban community. The partnership “Vivre avec l’eau” will increase the resilience of 920 000 people in urban Senegal by helping them better respond to flooding through an innovative, integrated approach combining infrastructure, policy and capacity-building components.
The project is designed to make people more resilient to urban flooding and to ensure effective flood preparation and prevention at the community, local government and national levels, in keeping with the project motto “live with water” (in french “vivre avec l’eau”).
The yearly flooding in urban Senegal following the wet season causes major damage to public and private infrastructure and poses a considerable health risk to urban populations, especially the poorest and most vulnerable members of the community.
The project was initiated and is continously driven by activities, experiences and know-how that the communities in Senegal show in the face of the challenges posed by the annual floodwaters.