The African Eco Race is now into it’s 5th year, running Between December 28th 2014 to January 12th 2015.
The start date on the 28th is in St. Cyprien France for pre-race checks and ends on the 12th at The King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar harbour.
This years race will consist of 12 stages, 8 quad and bike categories plus 8 more for car and trucks.
The rally is open to all amateurs and professionals alike, all working and competing together.
An “eco responsible” Race Organisation
The AFRICA ECO RACE® has clearly indicated its wish to contribute to the long-term development by integrating eco-responsible actions into the daily organisation of the race, but also through long-term projects.
For example, after the verifications, the organisation sets up trucks to transport the vehicles (Cars and Bikes) as well as buses for the participants in order to reduce CO2 emission during the route from the place of scrutiny checks to the port of embarkation. It also gives the opportunity for the competitors to rest and reduce accidents.
Several race vehicles are equipped with solar panels in order to use the solar energy to assist their mission without using a conventional generator.
The organization will also collect waste motor oil in order to recycle in France after the race.
The emphasis is also on the local economy, by using local service providers. In the same way, the route is defined in close collaboration with the authorities of the countries crossed, in order to avoid zones that need protecting, such as national parks and places of environmental interest.
In 2014, one of the rally teams offered the installation of photovoltaic panels to an NGO “La Kaïma des petits” located in the centre of Nouakchott.
This year, “Planting a million trees over 2000 hectares around the city of Nouakchott. This is the challenge that the team want to meet the Mauritanian capital by 2015. Objective: to prevent the advance of sand dunes and marine incursions. 2000 hectares in four years, 500 hectares per year”
Thousands of Eucalyptus trees in the Avenue Gamal Abdel Nasser to the beach and to the port will be planted to replace trees uprooted in the renovation works.
Courtesy; AFRICA ECO RACE®