Badjie, ActionAid International The Gambia Program Manager has stated that this
year alone in The Gambia over 24, 000 individuals have been affected either by
floods or windstorm.
“A country that has a population of almost 1.9 million people, this is alarming; thus there is need for people to have information on preparedness, response and even mitigation. The more information people have, the more aware they are and the more responsive they get when disaster strikes,” she added.
She was speaking at the Red Cross conference hall during the Agro-Ecology working group meeting on International Day for Disaster Reduction.
The working group also aims to facilitate networking and collaboration among various partners to identify synergies that would result in maximising impact in the long-term.
Since the formation of the working group in 2015, Mrs Badjie stated, they have being meeting quarterly, but suddenly it has slowed down.
She said as they commemorated international day of disaster, it allows them to reflect as a country and as a people on how they really work with communities to ensure that they are prepared and respond adequately when disaster strikes.
For his part, the deputy director of National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Serign Modou Joof, said agro-ecology has a direct connection with their lives and livelihood.
He said it was quite necessary for them to rethink on their current attitude and behaviours toward the management and handling of the environment.
NDMA, he added, was very cognizant of the current happening and was trying to partner with institutions such as Actionaid to make sure that communities are capacitised, with a view to enabling them mitigate, manage, and build their resilience and further to handle any eventuality that comes their way.
The working group, he went on, was quite pertinent in the entire crusade, thus the need to join it at the national platform through the governing council which is the highest decision-making body where policies are derived from.
Mr Joof called for the immediate revitalization of the thematic working group.