Case Study: Visiting the Fatick Region with Wetlands International

Case Study - Visiting the Fatick Region with Wetlands International

Our partnership with Wetlands International is an important part of Woodside's continuous commitment to supporting local communities in Senegal.

In 2023, we undertook a field visit to the Fatick region, where the team saw the significant work being done in collaboration with Wetlands International. The program’s primary objective is to enhance the resilience of mangrove-dependent communities by fostering sustainable economic growth through the responsible use of mangrove resources.

A significant yield of more than 38 tonnes of rice was produced by effectively reclaiming around 6.5 hectares of salty land through rice farming in the valley of Mbissel. In addition to promoting local food security, this accomplishment exemplifies the possibilities for sustainable agriculture in formerly abandoned areas.

More than 35,000 individuals in the community were given the opportunity to be informed about the significance and value of mangrove ecosystems. This heightened awareness fosters a sense of environmental stewardship, laying the foundation for sustained conservation efforts.

Woodside contributed to the pilot phase to build capacity of local communities in the value chain approach mainly for oysters and honey. For honey production the project helped install 30 beehives and acquire processing equipment. The project also assisted in setting up 20 savings and loan groups with 30 community-based organisations in four municipalities. 

Through our partnership with Wetlands International, Woodside will continue to support local communities, promote sustainable practices, and improve the quality of life of mangrove-dependent communities in the Fatick region.