Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EBA) in The Gambia – a project designed
to develop a climate-resilient and natural resource-based economy recently
conducted a weeklong training for its frontline staff on Market Analysis and
The training that was held at Jenoi in theLower River Region was designed to build the capacity of the project’s frontline staff that directly deals with beneficiary communities at local level so that they can execute their functions effectively and efficiently.
The training covers among other things; assessing the existing situation, carrying out surveys in order to select products and identify enterprise ideas, preparing enterprise development plan and supporting the startup phase of enterprise.
The EBA project which is one year old now comprises among other things enrichment planting exercise to build climate resilience of poor communities in Lower River, Central River South, Central River North and Upper River Regions by improving rural landscapes and sustainable management of Gambian natural resources, targeting different communities.The project is expected to benefit more than 125 communities in three regions.
The project seeks to build the climate-resilience of rural Gambian communities and facilitate the development of a sustainable natural resource-based (green) economy by implementing large-scale EBAs within and adjacent to agricultural lands, community-managed forest reserves and wildlife conservation areas.
The Gambia government secured funding of the project through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR), in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to be implemented in 6 years.
According to officials, this large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach to natural resource management is a cost-effective and low-risk approach for building climate resilience of poor communities in the targeted areas.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training on Sunday, Muhmmad Leroy A. Gomez, the deputy manager said the training is significant for the participants and the project in particular taking into account the role frontline staff play in dealing with beneficiary communities. He further explained the vitality of their roles in the whole crusade, saying they represent the project as ambassadors at grassroots level because “they speak with them in the community.”
Aside from Market Analysis and Development, he said that more training is on the way to better shape the project, while underlining monitoring and evaluation as key for the project.
Awa Sillah-Jallow, the project’s monitoring and evaluation officer described the training as an “important milestone for the project.”
She reminded participants about the three components of the project such as; restoration, policy support and capacity building. She opined that the training might be a refresher for some frontline staff due to their experiences, while hoping that it would benefit them a lot in their work.
SissawoSabally from Forestry said the training and the project in particular came to “maximise forest management and add value to the forest products in the market.”
Kanimang Camara, the head of Natural Resource Consulting said at the end of the training, participants would have the requisite skills needed to perform their job effectively.