Each year about 13 million hectares of the world's forests are lost due to deforestation. For people whose livelihoods depend directly on them, forest loss can be a huge social problem.
In the village of Poponguine, 70 kms east of Dakar, in Senegal, a women's group is making history through its achievements. These women have decided to conserve the coastal land afflicted by deforestation and environmental degradation.
They have also set up a tourist camp, which brings money into their village. But first and foremost it is as stewards of the environment that they have triumphed.