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Land and Resources, Environmental Issues

groundwater mining, Senegal River, overgrazing, deforestation, high population growth

Eighty percent of Mauritania lies within the Sahara, and years of drought combined with overgrazing and deforestation have increased the country’s risk of desertification. Agricultural production has been maintained in the face of water shortages (primarily through groundwater mining), although high population growth has meant that per capita production has declined significantly. A project to dam the Senegal River would increase and regulate water availability, but some ecosystems would inevitably be adversely affected.



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groundwater mining, Senegal River, overgrazing, deforestation, high population growth, Sahara, ecosystems, Agricultural production, water availability, project

 
 

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