EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Environment, climate change and natural resources minister Lamin Dibba said it is his ministry’s target to plant over one million trees in the country within 2020, aimed at contributing to restoration of the lost value of land production and minimise the effects of climate change.
Addressing participants at a two-day stakeholders meeting to discuss the national policy discourse on minimum tree cover in The Gambia organised by his ministry and partners, minister, Dibba said the project seeks to recover the lost value of land production, with a view to sustain plans to improve the climate situation.
He observed that combating the negative effects of climate change should be everyone’s business, cognizant of the vulnerability of the African continent.
The consultative forum brought together participants from different sectors and institutions where deliberations were made on ways to build a resilient, prosperous and sustainable economy.
Gambia is one of the most vulnerable countries of the negative impacts of climate change which is characterized by the decrease in the amount of rainfall and shortening of the length of the rainy season.
Climate change and increase population pressure have resulted in degraded natural ecosystems, decrease agricultural productivity and increase in food insecurity.
Fatou Jammeh-Touray, deputy permanent secretary of the ministry of Agriculture, lauded the initiative to discuss climate protection and the importance of tree planting, saying the importance of tree to life cannot be under estimated.
She observed that there is need for institutional collaboration for the fast attainment of the national agenda.
Dr Peter Minang, Global Science Advisor of the world agroforestry center and Center for International Forestry Research appealed for more participation in the process of mitigating the effects of climate change.
According to reports, it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warning since mid-20th century.
The effects of global warming include rising sea levels, regional changes and more frequent extreme weather events such as heat waves and expansion of the deserts.
Written by Amadou Kanteh