Swallowed by the Sea: Where coastal infrastructure and jobs meet climate change

Posted In Erosion, Inform

Dilapidated houses at the water edge, Popenguine, Thies, Senegal. Photo source: ©© Joyce Lee


Life is shifting fast for coastal communities in West Africa. In some areas, coastlines are eroding as much as 10 meters per year. Stronger storms and rising seas are wiping out homes, roads and buildings that have served as landmarks for generations…

Read Full Article, The World Bank (11-09-2017)

Togo’s battle with coastal erosion; Deutsche Welle (04-17-2017)
Man-made coastal erosion has reached alarming proportions in Togo. Coastal erosion, in which land or beaches are worn away by the wind and the waves, is destroying around five to ten meters (16-32 feet) of shoreline every year. In some locations, up to 25 meters has disappeared over the same period…

West Africa Is Being Swallowed by the Sea; FP (10-21-2016)
Encroaching waters off the coast of Togo, Ghana, Mauritania, and others are destroying homes, schools, fish, and a way of life…

Erosion and the Disappearance of Senegal’s coast, EuroNews (06-15-2015)

Ghana’s coastal erosion: The village buried in sand; BBC News (05-13-2016)
Rising sea levels are swallowing up land along the West African coastline at an astonishing rate. The geographical location of Fuveme, in Keta municipality of the Volta region, Ghana, makes it particularly prone to sea erosion…

Coastal erosion displaces hundreds, Liberia; IRIN

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

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

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…

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…

The Market For African Beach Sand: Who’s Buying, Selling And Mining It?, AFK Insider (02-17-2017)
Sand mining on beaches and in riverbeds is a source of income for unemployed Africans, but it’s often an unregulated — or under-regulated — business. Environmental impact is a growing concern…

The african west coasts are undergoing much erosion. Keta, Ghana, is part of the Volta Delta Region, and some think the Volta Dam prevents silt for depositing and leads to greater erosion. Captions and Photo source: ©© Beth Knittle

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