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Senegal joined the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in 2022, reaffirming their commitment to reduce air pollution, strengthen clean air polices, and improve the health and wellbeing of its people. Senegal also seeks to address short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions from fossil fuels and cooling technologies.
Prior to becoming a CCAC partner, Senegal's capital city, Dakar, was an actor in the CCAC's Municipal Solid Waste initiative.
In 2019, during his inauguration speech, President Macky Sall promised to put the environment on top of Senegal's agenda, calling "on everyone to shape a new Senegal: one with cleaner neighborhoods... a zero-waste Senegal."
Senegal joined over 110 countries in signing the Global Methane Pledge at COP26, committing to a collective effort to reduce global methane emissions from energy, agriculture, and waste.
Under the Kigali Amendment, Senegal is exploring ways to reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions from the waste sector as well as prevent environmental dumping of old technologies in Africa.
In its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) published in 2020, Senegal set an unconditional target of 7 per cent greenhouse gas emissions reduction, with the potential to increase this target to 29.5 per cent by 2030 with support from the international community.
Land use, land-use change, and the forestry sector remain an important carbon sink in the country, and through the Great Green Wall Initiative (GGW), Senegal has planted over 12 million trees covering 150km as of 2015 intending to achieve a final target of 545km.