Urgent Action Needed to Save Senegal's Pink Lake, Lake Retba!

Urgent Action Needed to Save Senegal's Pink Lake, Lake Retba!

July 1, 2023
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The government of Senegal and 1 other
Signatures: 273Next Goal: 500
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Why this petition matters

Dear concerned citizens, environmentalists, and decision-makers,

We come together today to raise awareness and urgently call for action to save the magnificent Pink Lake of Senegal, also known as Lake Retba. This natural wonder is not only a breathtaking sight but also an essential ecosystem that supports local communities and biodiversity. However, due to various human activities and climate change impacts, this unique lake is facing severe threats that require immediate attention.


Lake Retba's distinctive pink hue is caused by a high concentration of salt-loving microorganisms called Dunaliella salina. This phenomenon attracts tourists from around the world and contributes significantly to the local economy through tourism revenue. Sadly, this iconic lake is now under serious threat.

The construction of pipelines leading floodwaters to the lake during flooding has drastically depleted its salt content, while industries in Senegal have disposed of waste in the lake, causing further harm to the ecosystem.

1. Pollution: Unregulated industrial activities near the lake have resulted in pollution that endangers its fragile ecosystem. Harmful chemicals discharged into the water pose a significant risk to both aquatic life and human health.

2. Deforestation: The surrounding forests play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological balance of Lake Retba by preventing soil erosion and acting as a natural filter for rainwater runoff entering the lake. However, rampant deforestation has led to increased sedimentation in the water body, negatively impacting its delicate ecosystem.

3. Climate Change: Rising temperatures caused by climate change are affecting Lake Retba's delicate balance of salt concentration necessary for Dunaliella salina growth. As global warming intensifies droughts in Senegal's region, evaporation rates increase rapidly leading to higher salt concentrations that may harm both flora and fauna within this unique habitat.

4. Lack of Regulations: The absence of strict regulations governing commercial activities around Lake Retba has allowed unsustainable practices such as uncontrolled sand mining which further disrupts its fragile environment.

If we do not take immediate action now:

- The vibrant pink coloration may fade, robbing the world of this natural wonder and the local community of a vital source of income.
- The delicate balance within Lake Retba's ecosystem will be disrupted, leading to irreversible damage to its flora and fauna.
- The livelihoods of local communities who depend on tourism revenue generated by the lake will be severely impacted.

We, the concerned global citizens, call upon:

1. The Government of Senegal: Implement strict regulations to prevent pollution from industrial activities near Lake Retba. Enforce penalties for those found guilty of polluting this unique ecosystem.

2. International Organizations: Provide technical and financial support to Senegal in developing sustainable management plans for Lake Retba. Collaborate with local authorities to establish monitoring systems that ensure compliance with environmental standards.

3. Tourists and Travel Agencies: Promote responsible tourism practices that respect the fragile nature of Lake Retba's ecosystem. Encourage visitors to follow guidelines aimed at minimizing their impact on this natural wonder.

4. Environmental NGOs: Advocate for stronger environmental protection laws in Senegal and work closely with local communities to raise awareness about the importance of preserving Lake Retba's unique environment.

By signing this petition, we express our deep concern for the future well-being of Senegal's Pink Lake, Lake Retba. Together, let us take immediate action before it is too late!

Thank you.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Senegal


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Signatures: 273Next Goal: 500
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Decision Makers

  • The government of Senegal
  • Environmental NGOs