Mbeubeuss Landfill : Exploring Options to Protect Health, the Environment, and Livelihoods (Sénégal)

For the past 35 years, the Mbeubeuss landfill in the city of Pikine has been receiving all the domestic and industrial garbage from greater Dakar, Sénégal. Currently, 475 000 tonnes of garbage are dumped there and left uncovered every year. This mountain of garbage is a source of air, water and soil pollution. It also poses a threat to the health of people and livestock along the river, and to the quality of local agricultural produce. At the same time, the Mbeueuss landfill offers income-generating opportunities to the poor population who recover some of the waste for reuse in agriculture and animal feed, or to be sold to small recycling enterprises.

This grant will allow the Dakar Focus City Team, coordinated by the African Institute for Urban Management (IAGU), to conduct research with local stakeholders to inform policies for safe and sustainable uses for the landfill site. Piloting interventions in the Malika neighborhood, the team will explore ways to develop appropriate local options to reduce health impacts, improve the environment, and create employment. Quebec-based Econoler International is also working with the project team to examine the potential to extract methane from the landfill and qualify for carbon emissions credits under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.

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Start Date

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

End Date

Thursday, September 8, 2011


48 months

IDRC Officer

Gasengayire, Francois

Total funding

CA$ 1,200,000


Senegal, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Dr. Oumar Cissé


Institut africain de gestion urbaine

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