Jokadou and Upper Nuimi lauded for forest park management

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Governor North Bank Region has lauded the people of Jokadou and Upper Nuimi for complementing government’s efforts in the management of forest parks to bring about sustainable forest management.

Lamin Queen Jammeh was speaking recently at a two-day stakeholders’ consultation meeting on formation of Joint Forest Park Management in Kumadi and Kasaywa Forest parks in Jokadou and Upper Nuimi, held in Kerr Jarga Jobe. 

He lauded the regional forestry office in Kerewan for its steadfastness in bringing together beneficiary forest users to discuss and map out strategies on proper management of forest resources and discourage fire incident and illegal logging.

Governor Jammeh said the signing of the Joint Forest Park Management agreement would strengthen ties, promote information sharing and consultation of forest park management with district authorities.

He also said government attaches great importance to empowering communities to take charge and manage their own resources.

Ebou Janha, Regional Forestry Officer, thanked the executive committees of Kumadi and Kasaywa Joint Forest Park Management for their own restoration and regeneration of forest cover.

He said the initiative is in line with forest policy of empowering communities. 

The NBR Forestry Officer noted that climate change is real and called on the executive to be proactive to adopt best practise that would mitigate climate change.

Chief Jimfatma Jobe of Jokadou assured of the district authorities’ support to the protection of forest resources.

Omar A. Barry, secretary to the executive members of committee, thanked the department of forestry for the foresight and assured them of the committee’s continued support.

Alpha Khan, vice chairperson of Kerewan Area Council and who doubles as Kerr Jarga ward councillor, called on the joint forest park management to promote transparency and accountability of forest resources. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh