Gambia’s efforts to mainstream Climate change

Friday, April 26, 2019

In 2016, The Gambia’s National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) was validated. The policy was aimed at mainstreaming climate change into all development sectors and to improve the coordination of climate change interventions at the policy and implementation levels, whilst building resilience to its impacts across the nation. The policy also provides comprehensive sectorial strategies and an action plan that seeks to enhance better coordination of climate change in the country and as well provide opportunities for cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders.

The Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Lamin Dibba at a recent climate change forum, extolled the considerabe gains registered as a country in mitigating the impacts of climate change. This has enabled it to be internationally recognised for its leadership on climate change matters.

Despite notable achievements in the area of mainstreaming, there is still a need for more to be done to ensure collective action in addressing the impacts of climate change.

It is an indisputable fact that climate change is adversely affecting ecosystems and livelihoods on planet earth. Upland ecosystems have degraded largely due to erratic rainfall, overgrazing, soil erosion and intensive cultivation; the result of intense pressure on land resources, high population growth and recurrent droughts.

Suffice it to state that human-induced pollution has left our planet at the verge of a tipping point at which ecosystems will die and release massive amounts of CO. If that happens, the changes to the climate could be irreversible, countless species will become extinct, and our economic and cultural ways of life will be forever altered.

The Gambia as in most sub-Saharan countries, protecting tropical ecosystems and rainforests is deemed a moral obligation. We owe to future generations the need to preserve humanity from heading towards an apocalyptic perspective.

It is our responsibility to create a better world to protect our planet, thereby curbing the impacts of climate change.

As stated by the Environment minister, the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) set in place enhanced institutional arrangements for effective coordination, mainstreaming of climate as well as a clear policy direction for human resource development. This will in turn lead us to the full realisation of these key sectors that are clearly identified in the policy. 

“Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late.”

John Delaney