Governor Dampha calls for restoration of NBR lost forest cover

Friday, September 07, 2018

North Bank Region (NBR) Governor has reiterated Gambia government’s call for restoration of the region’s disappearing vegetation cover, through planting of indigenous and utility trees as a token of heritage for the coming generations.

With the reality of the fast approaching of the Sahara desert, Alh. Ebrima Dampha said restoration of the forest cover becomes a compelling demand for integrated approach. Staffers of Forestry Department gave the technical support during the exercise.

During the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Kani-Kunda Tenda Youth and Social Development Association (KTYSDA) fourth annual tree planting and cleansing exercise in Sanjally village, Governor Dampha commended the community and appealed to them to jealously safe guard the forest for the benefit of the entire region and the country. He assured them of his office support to improve the region’s tree population.

Governor Dampha went on further to informed the people that government cannot do it all and theirs is an example of complementing government`s effort, while urging other communities to emulate them.

He further called on the community to take ownership of their own development and bear in mind that PEACE have NO substitution on Earth.

Village Alkalo Lamin Naban said their local institutional by-laws were helpful in their conservation scheme, saying an integrated approach has been devised to curb some of the local menaces. He thanked the Youths for the giant steps they have taken and also thanked the NEA for their continuous support and collaboration.

NEA’s environmental education and communication programme officer Sheikh Alkinky Sanyang advised that all the transplanted seedlings must be protected from both human and animal intrusion for a higher survival rate by protecting them.

He stressed that that felling of trees for charcoal production, forest fires and other unsustainable utilization of forest resources greatly contributed to the effects of climatic change which, he said affects human livelihood, the ecosystem and the environment in general.

Mr. Sanyang warned that “no tree, no life”, signals that the felling of a single big tree always results to the death of many other small ones as it falls on them. “Trees trap carbon dioxide released from humans and carbon monoxide by vehicles which serve as a carbon sink,” he said.

He reminded the community that the ban on plastic bags is still active and soon there will be a massive campaign and enforcement and those found wanting will be dealt with accordingly. He said plastics cause lot of harm to human health, marine lives, environment, agriculture and animals. “This is as a result of the two toxic chemicals (dioxin and furan) that are used in the production of plastic bags and these are among the twelve chemicals called Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which were banned globally due to their impact on human health and the environment.”

The association`s outgoing President Lamin Saidy said the main aim of these activities was to foster more collaboration and corporation amongst community members and to bring development at the village.

He said over three thousand seedlings were transplanted within the community forest and even promised that they will jealously protect them from bushfires.

Annually, the youth association organises tree planting and cleansing exercise which now led to the planting of several utility and food trees in their community woodlot and forest.

Protection schemes for the newly transplanted seedlings were strategised. 

Author: Sheikh Alkinky Sanyang