Minister Duclos announces $20M for SOCODEVI to support climate adaptation in Senegal

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February 24, 2023 - Québec, Québec - Global Affairs Canada

We recognize that the most marginalized communities, including women and girls, are disproportionately affected by climate change and biodiversity loss. Today, in his riding in the city of Québec, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Harjjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development, announced Canada’s support for SOCODEVI (Société de coopération pour le développement international) and their Natur’ELLES project during his visit at a local YWCA.

Natur’ELLES is part of Canada’s Partnering for Climate initiative, initially announced in February 2022, to support projects implemented by civil society organizations in Canada and abroad as well as Indigenous peoples and other organizations in Canada that will support climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world.

The project, worth $20 million over the next 3 years, will enable the adoption of nature-based solutions to help conserve mangrove ecosystems, enhance climate resiliency and biodiversity, and support inclusive and equitable governance of the natural resources of mangrove systems in Senegal.


“Addressing the impacts of climate change includes supporting climate adaptation around the world. Through this partnership with SOCODEVI and their Natur’ELLES project, we are directly helping 8,000 people, three quarters of whom are women living in vulnerable mangrove ecosystems. On top of that, through these climate adaptation initiatives in Senegal, we will indirectly help more than 85,000 people in 133 local communities. Through our efforts in supporting other countries, we are committed to tackling climate change together.”

- Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health

“Healthy mangroves mean healthy communities and a strong future for generations to come. Canada is a leader in climate finance and is using nature-based solutions to secure both climate and biodiversity benefits while addressing gender inequalities and recognizing the knowledge and leadership of Indigenous peoples.”

- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

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