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Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Gambia: Environment Minister launches EU-ACP funded project

Pa Ousman Jarju, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water, Wildlife and Fisheries, last Wednesday presided over the launching of a 41-month EU-ACP funded project in Kerewan in the North Bank Region. The four-year project dubbed “Action Against Desertification Project” under the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) in The Gambia is an AU project, funded by the EU, executed by the FAO and implemented by the Department of Forestry. The Gambia like many other Sahelian countries in the sub-region is confronted with the familiar set of problems associated with agriculture, biodiversity loss, land degradation and out-ward youth migration. According to the minister, deforestation and land degradation are a major environmental problem that threatens agricultural productivity, thus directly affecting the livelihood of thousands of rural populations, particularly in the northern part of the country. He said there is a need to take urgent action to combat desertification that already is manifested in this part of the country (North Bank Region).

Source: thepoint.gm