West Africa Is Being Swallowed by the Sea

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Gambia. Photo source: ©© Camilla Faurholdt-Löfvall

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Encroaching waters off the coast of Togo, Ghana, Mauritania, and others are destroying homes, schools, fish, and a way of life…

Read Full Article, FP (10-21-2016)

Ghana’s coastal erosion: The village buried in sand; BBC News (05-13-2016)

Sand mining: The Greatest Threat To The Coastline of Ghana, Graphic Online (04-24-2014)

Coastal erosion washes away beaches, threatens tourism in Senegal; Reuters / Yahoo News (12-20-2015)
The problem for tourism in Senegal, is not high prices or mismanagement, but coastal erosion that is blighting the West African country’s coast. The Atlantic has washed away beaches, forcing hotels to make drastic choices…

Rising Seas Ruining Lives in Togo, IRIN (11-16-2015)

Coastal erosion displaces hundreds, Liberia; IRIN

Sand Mining Threatens Homes In Duazon, Liberia; (10-18-2016)

Sand-Mining Threatens Homes And Livelihoods In Sierra Leone, IRIN

Nigeria: Coastline Erosion, Sand Mining Threat to Lagos, All’Africa

Rising Seas Ruining Lives in Togo; IRIN (11-16-2015)
Togo’s former capital city, Aneho, and dozens of surrounding villages, along with the main road that links the west African country to Benin, are likely to disappear from the map by 2038, if nothing is done to reverse the erosion that is currently eating away between six and 10 meters of coastal land each year…

Cape Verde: The Women Sand Thieves, Video; A Pacifico Island Production (08-05-2010)
450 km off the west coast of Africa, close to Mauritania and Senegal, with rocky mountains, lush valleys and sandy beaches, Cap Verde 10-islands archipelago appears as a small corner of paradise lost in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. On the beaches, they are thieves, almost exclusively women, who collect sand, to be sold to the slow yet ever expanding construction industry.

West Africa Scores High In Disaster Risk, IRIN (03-18-2014)
West African coastal cities, both the large and the small, are expanding rapidly and face specific challenges related to infrastructure, zoning and spatial planning, which directly contributes to an increased risk from flooding…

One Flew Over a Beach Sand Mining Pit, Senegal; INA Video (Uploaded 07-17-2013)
One flew over a coastline, North of Dakar, used as and ad hoc beach sand mining pit…

A Photo Gallery: “We Were Once Three Miles From the Sea” (01-03-2014)
Grain by grain, West Africa’s coasts are eroding away, the dry land sucked under the water by a destructive mix of natural erosion and human meddling… Nyani Quarmyne has poignantly photographed the impacts of climate change on people living on the Ghana coast…

Gambia: Mangrove Regeneration and Coastal Erosion; All’Africa (12-02-2014)