Tourism today is one of the largest economic sectors in Senegal as the region boasts some of the the most beautiful and diverse environmental habitats. Palmarin alone hosts, mangrove estuaries, baobab forests and coastal habitats all in a relatively small area. However, tourism is normally not an environmentally friendly endeavor. Tourists use planes and automobiles to arrive at their destination and do little to help preserve the areas they visit once they arrive.
The Palmarin Tree Project is designed to change all that by giving tourists the opportunity to make a positive impact on the site they are visiting. Through the Palmarin Tree Project, tourists can have trees planted in their honor right at the site they are vacationing. This helps reduces their carbon footprint by balancing out CO2 emissions while at the same time allows the local community to finance habitat reconstruction specific to the needs of the community at that time.
For example. If a tourist contributes to having a tree planted in their honor. The community can choose the appropriate species to slow coastal beach erosion, a major threat at the moment.