Rapid proliferation of aquatic plants threatens living environment of riverbank dwellers
International consultancy, engineering and project management service provider Royal HaskoningDHV has produced a master plan to develop the Senegal River delta and is designing eight polders as a pilot project in the area. The delta is plagued by Typha, an aquatic plant that grows abundantly in the area. The plant’s proliferation limits water access for the population, reduces the potential for agriculture and increases the occurrence of diseases like bilharzia (also known as schistosomiasis) and malaria. The polders will allow intensive usability of the land in the near future and deny the Typha further space for growth.