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A villager carries two palm seed pods on his head after harvesting them from wild palm trees in the forest near his community. The inhabitants of the commune of Ouonck consider the forest sacred. The production of artisanal palm oil and palm oil products from wild palm groves is an important part of their livelihoods, but they manage the exploitation of the natural resource in a sustainable way. Despite a high level of poverty and a lack of basic services, the community is attempting to develop their quality, natural products rather than ceding to more industrial economic development that could endanger the forest and their way of life. Mandouard II, Ouonck, Senegal. 03/12/2015.
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Climate Change in West Africa
A villager carries two palm seed pods on his head after harvesting them from wild palm trees in the forest near his community. The inhabitants of the commune of Ouonck consider the forest sacred. The production of artisanal palm oil and palm oil products from wild palm groves is an important part of their livelihoods, but they manage the exploitation of the natural resource in a sustainable way. Despite a high level of poverty and a lack of basic services, the community is attempting to develop their quality, natural products rather than ceding to more industrial economic development that could endanger the forest and their way of life. Mandouard II, Ouonck, Senegal. 03/12/2015.