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Dive into Gambia's Resilient Sea-grass Project

Resilient Sea-grass is a project introduced in The Gambia and seven other neighboring countries in order to enhance and map out sea-grass locations in various parts of these countries. The project is in Senegal, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau and the Gambia with the sole objective to "conserve sea-grass to save marine diversity and enhance socio-economic development." According to ''Resilencesea.org'' site, the projects in the aforesaid countries will "evaluate the regio

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Court Hands Over Confiscated Containers of Rosewood to the State

Over 17 containers of rosewoods- banned timber species under the protection of International Trade in Endangered Spices of Wild Flora and Fauna CITES, packed at Buffer Zone and confiscated by the State, has been handed back to the State by the Brikama Magistrate's Court. Speaking to this medium at his office, Mr. Lamin Bajo, Regional Forest Officer, said the court has released an order for the logs to be given to the state. "As we speak, the order has been released since a week back," he said. "

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Ministry Mapping Out Ways of Addressing Brikama Fish Market Sanitary Problems

The acting permanent secretary at Ministry of Fisheries, Mr. Omar Gibba, said his ministry is working hand-in-glove with GamWorks to conduct a feasibility study and look for funds to provide the necessary services for the management of the Ice-plant and Brikama Area council with regard to the sanitary problems at the fish market. Mr. Gibba said the feasibility studies would be led by GamWorks. According to Gibba, he had meeting with GamWorks yesterday upon agreeing that they (GamWorks) will come

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GIZ, Partners Clean Up Brufut Fish Landing Site

The German Development Agency (GIZ) in collaboration with the Fisheries Department, GAMWORKS and the Community of Brufut, under the ECOWAS RSDF Pilot Project, has conducted a daylong cleansing exercise at the Brufut Fish Landing Site. The pilot project in The Gambia implemented by GIZ is aimed at improving the livelihood and working conditions of 3000 young people, women and migrant returnees, through the provision of skill development in value chain, horticulture, poultry and fish farming. The

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Gambia to Update its National Determined Contribution on Climate Change

The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and National Resources (MECCNAR) has on Tuesday commenced a two-day forum to update its National Determined Contribution (NDC) on climate change activities in The Gambia. The forum focuses on "Cost-Benefit Analysis of Priority Actions under The Gambia's National Determined Contribution (NDC) Update" organized by the aforesaid ministry and supported by ICLEI (local government for sustainability) Africa and NDC partners. The event's objective is to valid

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Lawmaker Urges Authorities to Increase Fines Imposed on Violators of Forestry Act to D100, 000

Gambian lawmaker, Bakary Camara, on Monday 9th February 2021, urged forestry officials to revise the Forestry Act and increase the fine imposed on individuals, who violate the law to minimum of fifty thousand dalasis (D50, 000) or a maximum of hundred thousand dalasis (D100, 000). The National Assembly Member made the statement in the wake of the recent bush fire that claimed the life of an individual in Kiang Wurokang. Camara, who is the National Assembly Member (NAM) for Kiang Central, said th

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"Flood Claims Life In Sabi Village Yearly", Says Hospital Management Committee Chairperson

Mr. Sheriff Sillah, the Chairperson of Sabi Village Health Facility Management Committee, has disclosed to lawmakers that in the past six years, flood has been claiming lives on a yearly basis in the village. Mr. Sillah informed the National Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday 10th February 2021, during their visit to the health facility as part of their ongoing visit to disaster hotspots and health facilities. He told the committee that they have been hit hard by floods; saying the last one

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NDMA Expects Approximately D27 Million to Curb Disasters in Hotspots

Director Mass made the statement yesterday, 8 th February 2021during the commencement of the Select Committee's visit to Disaster hotspots and COVI-19 Testing Centers. He said Manjai Kunda is a major disaster hotspot within the Kanifing Municipality, and that the NDMA is working with stakeholders, especially the World Bank, in trying to solicit support to address the problems in this area. He said: "If you look at the Manjia hotspot, it is related to the hotspots in Abuko and Bakoteh and if we h

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KMC's Bakoteh Dumpsite Smoulders Again

By Makutu Manneh The Mayor of the Kanifing Municipality Talib Ahmed Bensouda, has informed the press that smoke from the recent Bakoteh Dumpsite fire outbreak on Wednesday 27th January 2021, was felt kilometers away from the site; that the smoke reached communities as far away as Old Yundum, Brufut and Bijilo. He however said the fire was extinguished and the smoke was contained within the perimeter fence of the site, the following Thursday morning. According to Mayor Bensouda, this was achieved

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Vendors Blame BAC for Failing to Address Sanitary Issues at Fish Market

Vendors, especially those selling commodities around the Ice-Plant at the Brikama Market, have blamed the Brikama Area Council (BAC) for its ineffectiveness to keeping the place clean. The filthy environment around the ice plant in Brikama and the pungent smell coming from the area has forced vendors to voice out their anger against the Brikama Area Council. Mr Lamin Singhateh, PRO of Brikama Area Council, said the market is well taken care of by the council and they are making efforts to ensure

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Gov't States Its Commitment to Protect Gambia's Forest Cover

Fafa Sanyang, the Minister for Petroleum and Energy, has revealed that there are ranges of measures which the governments, together with development partners, are taking to address the rapid rate of loss of the country's forest cover. He added this include reducing high dependency on the forest for energy. "The Gambia faces a high risk of ecological catastrophe if necessary countermeasures are not taken soon," he said during the launching ceremony of the nationwide awareness-raising campaign and

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CSOs Empowered On Environmental Protection

Two Civil Society Organisations in the Central River and North Bank Regions have been trained on the techniques and skills in lobbying and advocacy, to protect the environment. The training of members of Rural Women Assemblies and Rural Forestry Platforms, were held at the Kuntuar Area Council hall and ADAWAC premises on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th respectively. The training was funded by an EU Project entitled: "Empowering Civil Society Organizations to mobilize Citizen Actions towards a g

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