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Senegal: Dakar's Threatened 'Green Lung' Gets Reforestation Boost

Dakar — Pulling away a black plastic pot, a forest guard holds up a short, wispy sapling before dozens of people. He shows the crowd how to hold the tree without damaging it, then places it in a hole lining a forest path and covers the roots with soil before pressing them down gently. Soon all of the crowd are busy planting. "If a tree is cut, one needs to be planted in its place. But people who cut trees in Senegal tend not to replace them as they lack the necessary skills," said Maimouna Seck, one young member of the planting crew, as she wiped away beads of sweat forming on her face. A recent university graduate, she said she learned about the need for reforestation in school, and had come out to "fill the void others have created".

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