of Environment in collaboration with GO-wamer Project at the department of
fisheries has held a day’s forum on Governance, Marine Resource Management
policies and poverty reduction in the West Africa Marine Ecosystem-Region.
The project funded by EU and supported by UNDP, was held at the Ocean Bay Hotel in Bakau.
The GO-wamer program aims at reducing poverty and strengthening food security for coastal communities in six West African countries including The Gambia through improvement in governance and promoting the adoption of good practices and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in the eco-Region.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Environment Climate Change and Natural Resources, Mr. Lamin Jawara, said that was part of the development for a jointly organized Government of The Gambia, UNDP and international partners to serve as platform to enhance knowledge, stimulate intellectual debates, share best practices and inform policy decision on key national development issues.
He stressed that the forum was instrumental in bringing together key stakeholders to sensitize, share information, build partnership and consensus on key national development issues with the aim of strengthening the policy-making process and providing concrete solution to issues of national interest.
For her part, the deputy UNDP representative, Nessie Golakai- Gould, said the governance and management policies of marine and coastal resource are an essential component of sustainable development and Agenda 2030.
She highlighted that The Gambia was finalizing its next national development plan 2018-2021 which would be the first in a series of national development plans to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals into the national development agenda.