The town of Segou was developed by the French and was the centre of what was known as the “Office du Niger”.
The former colonial administrative town boasts a magnificent
stand of huge mahogany trees, planted by the French about 100 years ago along the Niger River in the town. A highly unusual sight in this Sahel region, the majestic trees not only provide a powerful visual amenity and tourist benefit, but also strengthen the river bank and help the local micro-climate. These mahogany trees are being felled one by one as timber for building the fishing & transport boats, essential for local income.
This continued felling of the mahogany is destroying a very finite source of timber. Unless the trees are replaced, there will eventually be no river-side trees left; & without a sustainable source of timber, there will be no more boat- building.
Replacement of these trees is urgently
needed ,along with the development of a
long-term, sustainable source of timber.
We have identified a suitable 10-hectare
site near the river and are in
discussions with local
authorities to advance this
ambitious environmental project