Mamadou’s posts

A great experience

Being part of the "What if we Change" team for me has been a very rewarding experience both professionally and personally. I measured the impact of video on the natural resources conservation work through the bio-right approach implementation. I think the "What if we change" project should not stop, because there are still many ecosystems restoration challenges and local communities’ development issues to address. Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday, May 4, 2013 I was reporting in the Mali “Dogon Country” with Mr Jurriaan Van Stigt, President of the Dogon Education Foundation (Stichting Onderwijs Dogon). Mr Jurriaan Van Stigt is a Dutch architect heavily involved in the development of the Mopti Region, especially the "Dogon Country".His foundation has done very good work in this part of the Mopti Region like schools construction, well drilling, promotion of improved stoves and solar lights, tree planting, dunes stabilization, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

How Akka-Goun forest has been restored

The Akka-Goun forest is located in Mali, in Niger River inner delta at north of Lake Debo. This forest has a very important ecological role in Mali and at the international level. But droughts struck the Inner Delta in the late 1970s and early 1980s, destroying the Akka flooded forest. In 1985, villagers and farmers started work to restore this forest with technical and financial support from IUCN Mali and Wetlands International later. Ecosystem restoration action focused on reforestation with Acacia kirkii, Bourgou grass regeneration and other activities. Nowadays millions of migratory birds spend the winter in this wetland, maintaining the local ecosystem. Read the rest of this entry »

Mali: Gradual improvement in the security situation in Mopti

IUCN-Mali and Wetlands International Mali sent a joint team for a field mission to meet with stakeholders in the Mopti Region in general, and the Inner Niger Delta in particular, to assess possibilities for the project implementation in the current crisis. All stakeholders were unanimous on the substantial improvement in the security situation in Mopti Region. Signs of improvement in the security situation include the UN system activities resumption, banks opening and measures taken by the armed forces to secure demarcation lines with the Timbuktu Region in the north. Read the rest of this entry »

How to stop deforestation in Mali?

The Malian population consumes more than 6.5 million tons of fuel wood per year. Bamako city alone consumes more than 600 000 tons. This trend will continue increasing because the transition government removed the subsidy which allowed many families to use butane gas. Mali annually loses 500,000 hectares of forest because of logging, including 400 000 hectares for only fuel wood and 100,000 hectares for agricultural clearings. In this context I filmed two organizations carrying out actions to stop deforestation by combining logging and tree planting. Read the rest of this entry »

What happens to Mali elephants in the occupied zone?

Mali has a unique elephant herd is in Africa because this elephants are the most northern herd of the Africa continent in an arid environment and the long coexistence with human population. This elephant population has developed a migration strategy including an annual 600 km circuit allowing it to cope with the high dispersion and variability of food and water points. Read the rest of this entry »

Discovering Magui Lake

Magui Lake is a wetlands site located in west of Mali. Despite its small surface, Magui Lake has some similarities with the River Niger inner delta. This lake is an important migratory birds staying site during the winter time. Difference between these two wetlands sites is that Magui isn’t yet a Ramsar Site. A national NGO is working to save resource of this important wetlands site with the support of IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands since 2002. Read the rest of this entry »

Just discovered, already threatened

Lesula is an African monkey species living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in one of the last unexplored forests. "Cercopithecus lomamiensis" is the second species of monkeys discovered during the past 28 years. The study, published in the journal PLoS One in September 2012, was conducted by John and Terese Hart and funded by Yale University and the Arcus Foundation among others. Lesula is threatened because it is being hunted for its meat by local people. Read the rest of this entry »

Holy Union and mobilization for Mali

Representatives of United Nations, African Union, the European Union (EU), the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), but also those of neighboring countries such as Algeria and Mauritania met on Friday in Bamako and expressed their total solidarity with Mali, largely occupied by armed Islamists. The meeting decided to resume Mali cooperation with international partners suspended following the 22 March coup AU and the UN will open permanent offices in Bamako to better coordinate their respective activities. European experts are in Mali since Monday 22 October 2012 for a week to see what are the weaknesses of Malian army and how to upgrade. Meanwhile in Paris, another discrete high-level meeting began Monday, October 22 including representatives of the African Union, ECOWAS, the European Union , the United Nations, the senior officer for Africa Foreign Affairs in Washington and the head of strategic planning in the Pentagon command for Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

Mali: No drought in this year

Rainfall was better in Mali during the 2012 rainy season unlike 2011 which saw a severe drought hitting Mali. Everything seems going well for farmer, fishers and breeders. But the food crisis is far from being settled because of last year debts. So people remain trapped in a vicious circle which can’t be broken one year good rainfall. Read the rest of this entry »