Coastal Ecosystem Service Valuation Study underway

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Coastal ecosystem service valuation study researchers have recently commenced their study at the University of The Gambia faculty of law auditorium in Kanifing.

Nfarama Dampha, a PhD candidate studying climatic economics and policy at the University of Minnesota in USA, explained that climatic change is an eminent threat to 21st century, saying knowledge is lacking on climate change as people contribute very less to the study.

He explained that a study was done on climate change adaptation in 1996 in which relevant information was provided to the society. “Banjul is highly vulnerable to the sea level rise and coastal erosion,” he said.

Mr. Dampha believes that Banjul is the engine of road as major government institutions are located there. “The Gambia definitely needs a second capital city.”

He said in Sanyang and Bakau, they are more interested in people who will be willing to pay for waste improved management if people can provide aid for proper cleaning. “We urge every stakeholder to come and support us because the students are doing the research voluntarily,” Mr. Dampha said.

Sarjo Touray, president of University of The Gambia Social Sciences and Humanities Students’ Association (SoSHSA) said Gambians should be well informed about their coastal areas, which he said, can only be possible through research.

He said the research would help the government and other stakeholders to understand peoples’ willingness to pay for improved waste management for recreational, cultural and non-use values along the open coastal beaches of The Gambia.

Lamin Komma, a senior programme officer at the National Costal and Marine Environment Agency, said they are ready to give support for the conduction of the research work.

Mr. Komma explained that their institution is an active player in the protection management and development of coastal ecosystem service. “Focus on recreational and cultural ecosystem value as 40 UTG students have underwent a 3-day intensive training.”

Author: Awa Ndiaye & Fatou Bojang