Conference on the Ecological Challenges in Mauritania18.12.2020

Country: Mauritania
Implemented by Med Dialogue Fellow: Sidia Ahmed Moussa
Organization: The Mauritanian Organization for social solidarity and environment protection (OMASSAPE)
Duration: 12-22 June 2020

The action is led by the Med Dialogue Fellow Sidia Ahmed Moussa in collaboration with the Mauritanian Young Scientists Network and OMASSAPE. It involves 10 researchers, 15 civil society actors, and 20 students. The action will schedule an event gathering academics and students to discuss the ecological challenges that Mauritania has faced in the past 10 years, with a focus on how to combat climate change and deforestation. It will consist of workshops, open panels, and a field activity such as cleaning public spaces and planting trees.

Key Activities:
  • Running a conference workshop aiming to provide space for experts, students, and civil society actors to discuss in depth and raise awareness on the ecological issues requiring urgent attention in the country. It will allow participants to share their experiences and achievements, and propose answers to the following questions:
  • What systems must change, and why is it so hard to change them?
  • What kind of systemic alternatives are desirable and feasible in the economic, political, social, and cultural spheres?
  • What strategies could environmental movements adopt in order to achieve system change?
  • In addition to these open discussions, participants will have a workshop on how to implement sustainable development goals.