Kapongha Youth Development Association in partnership with The Global Youth
Innovation Network (GYIN) Gambia Chapter recently celebrated International
Youth Day (IYD), which saw the planting of more than 300 tree seedlings in
The exercise was supported by the Department of Forestry, Green-up Gambia and NEMA Chosso.
Bakary Jammeh from the NEMA Chosso climate change association project said trees are important in the sustainable development of the environment, saying trees helps in the creation of conducive environment and changings the climate situation of a country.
He said looking at The Gambia’s current rainfall situation and comparing to the previous years, trees are very important in human life.
Mr. Jammeh said the NEMA Chosso project is empowering many communities by restoring their forest cover and creating vegetable gardens for community lands to benefit the people.
Babanding Sanyang, a senior forestry officer commended the people of Bullock for their turn out during the excise. “Planting alone is not enough, what is more important is the protection of the trees.”
Momdou Edrisa Njie, GYIN-Gambia executive director said, “This is one of our long term plans because we are looking at sustainability. Seventy years ago, place like the North Bank Region does not have any problem when it comes to deforestation. But today they are facing deforestation.”
Mr. Njie said they value young peoples’ opinions when it comes to climate change adaptation, mitigation and protection of the environment.
Secretary General of Bullock Kapongha Youth Development Association Sarjo Jarju stated that the association is community-based that was launched in November 2014.
He said their aim is to bring the youth of the community together to spearhead their development. “Over the years we have done lot of activities such as rehabilitation of the community market.”