With approximately 46 per cent of its territory classified as semi-arid, Senegal is especially vulnerable to the effects of global warming. Risks posed by desertification, over exploitation of forest and fish stocks, combined with youth unemployment and persistent poverty represent major development challenges. In 2014, Senegal adopted a new development model to accelerate its progress toward emerging market status. This strategy, entitled the “Plan Senegal Emergent” (PSE), now constitutes the reference for economic and social policy in the medium and long term. The PSE acknowledges the green economy as a means to achieve basic social needs and sustainable development.