Training of village leaders in tree-planting techniques at the Merina Dakha nursery. - - Village Reforestation: GCP/SEN/029/NET. Environmental degradation is widespread in Senegal due to climatic fluctuation and unregulated use of resources by the population. These combined factors have caused Senegal's forest resources to dwindle virtually all over the country, affecting almost the entire rural populace. The government has responded by initiating action to rehabilitate Senegal's forest assets. As part of this national effort, the Government of the Netherlands answered a request to finance, through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), a village reforestation project in the northwest sector of the Groundnut Basin. This area had not yet had a rural forestry project. The long-term objective is to check desertification and provide fuelwood and other forest products to the local inhabitants. This would be accomplished by 1) a community action programme to encourage the best environmental management and rehabilitation techniques; 2) contributing to effective land management with the goal of integrated sustainable land use; 3) improving technical forestry support by strengthening service institutions and training personnel to become real development agents.