Action Against desertification



Action Against desertification project

funded project on tackling desertification in The Gambia was last Wednesday launched in Kerewan North Bank Region.

The project, called Action Against Desertification, is out to ensure that urgent action is taken to combat desertification in The Gambia, “which has already manifested in the country’s North Bank Region”.

We would like to thank the donors of the project, an AU project which is under the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI).

The project, according to reports, is funded by the European Union, executed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and implemented by the Gambia’s Department of Forestry.

It is no gainsaying that The Gambia, like 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.

As our Environment minister said at the project launching ceremony in Kerewan, deforestation and land degradation are a major environmental problem that threatens agricultural productivity, and as a result directly affect the livelihood of thousands of rural populations.

We, therefore, need sustainable land management strategies to keep desertification at bay and improve productivity in agriculture, especially.

Activities such as deforestation and other forms of environmental exploitation cause global warming or the heating up of the planet as a result of gradual increase in the overall temperature of the atmosphere of the earth, which is generally attributed to the greenhouse gases.

“Through sustainable land management efforts, we can improve the productivity of our agricultural land and thereby enhance food security of local communities and the attainment of Vision 2020,” the minister said.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.