By Ousainou J. Sawaneh (PrinCE OjeE)
The Gambia National Environment Agency and other important stakeholders yesterday 24th May 2022, holds a day long technical working group meeting on Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Project (GCCA+). The event was held at the Senegambia Beach Hotel in Kololi.
The technical working group meeting is to discuss issues affecting the coastal marine environment in the country.
The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) is a European Union flagship initiative which is helping the world’s most vulnerable countries to address climate change.
The GCCA+ works to build climate resilience in three main areas of intervention: Supporting the creation and implementation of concrete adaptation and mitigation strategies, plans and actions.
Speaking at the event Katherine Kennedy, Technical Assistant Team Leader updated the participants on the priorities of the technical assistance working group adding that they are on the process of moving forward some of the key areas that requires national and international support.
‘‘I am in the process and it is a long administrative process of putting in place a series of specialists position one of which is data base work to assist NEA in providing mainstream rolling in demonstrating how they can built ICZM on data basis and they also in the process of recruiting a barristers to assist with the drafting of the ICZM bill. And they will also recruit senior expert on Marine climate science to help us with some predictive modelling’’ she said.
The GCCA+ supports those developing countries that are most vulnerable to climate change in implementing their national commitments. She further said they have exciting program coming up on community climate resilience.
Lamin Komma, Program Manager and Head of Coastal Marine Environment Program, NEA reveals that the coastal Marine Environment Program of the country is seriously under treat adding that this treat is due to both natural and human activities while stressing that the best option to address such treats is through an integrated approach.
“This integrated approach is integrated coastal zone management because one institution cannot do it alone. We have to come as a group to address issues affecting our coastal and marine environment” he said.
The GCCA project “Support to The Gambia for integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) and the main-streaming of climate change”.
He further said the technical working group meeting is to discuss issues affecting the coastal marine environment in the country.
The project engaged in actions such as cleaning coastal areas and dump sites to ensure proper environmental management.
Project Coordinator of the GCCA+, Haruna Jobe, said the project is a global network that is supported by the European Union and in the Gambia partnership between the Gambia government and European Union necessitated the implementation of the project in the Gambia.
‘‘The objective of the is to ensure that the country have an integrated management of the coastal and marine resources giving the fact that we have seen the phenomena of climate change which has negatively impacted on our coastline. Which is one of the major generating income for this country in terms of Tourism and also they have seen human activities that also impacts negatively on the coastal zone’’ he said.
He further said one of the negative activities that necessitated the implementation of the project was the sand mining along the coastal zone.
“This project started between 2013 and 2016 under the GCCA project and one of the main achievement was to develop an integrated coastal zone management strategy and integrated coastal zone management plan for us to be able to manage our resources within the coastal zone” He said.
The GCCA+ Climate Resilient Coastal and Marine Zone Project aims at consolidating results and positive experiences of the previous project. It seeks to benefit coastal communities and help them to adapt to impacts of climate change through institution strengthening, knowledge management and demonstrated implementation.