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Samba Dia Biosphere Reserve, Senegal

Samba Dia Biosphere Reserve is located at the Atlantic coast within the West African woodland savanna. The flat plain is only 5-10 meters above sea level and contains one of the best remaining stands of the once widespread Borassus aethiopum communities. In addition to these palm stands, there are populations of Acacia seyal, Combretum glutinosum and Anogeissus leiocarpus.

Designation date: 2012


Regional network:  AfriMAB

Ecosystem-based network: Savanna




    Surface :  756 ha

    • Core area(s): N/A
    • Buffer zone(s): N/A
    • Transition area(s): N/A

    Location: N/A

    Administrative Authorities

    Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature; Direction des Eaux, Forêts et Chasse; Direction des Parcs Nationaux

    Malang Kidiera
    Inspecteur Régional des Eaux et Forêts de Fatick
    Gestionnaire de la RB de Samba DIA

    Tel.: 00 (221) 33 9491372


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    Ecological Characteristics

    Coastal zone forest dominated by Borassus aethiopum and with Acacia seyal, Combretum glutinosum and Anogeissus leiocarpus; sahelo-sudanian savanna characterized by Acacia seyal, A. senegal, A. albida, Borassus flabellifer, Detarium microcarpum etc.; agroecosystems


    Socio-Economic Characteristics

    People mostly rely on agriculture, livestock raising and gathering of forest resources. The Borassus forest is mainly threatened because agriculture and pastures lands are not sufficient to support the inhabitants of the biosphere reserve who also collect fuel wood in the forest. A study on the rehabilitation of the forest has been carried out in order to protect the biodiversity in the area.


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    Last updated: December 2018