Forestry Gambia platforms in partnership with the community of Jomo- Kunda in
Foni Kansala, over the weekend embarked on a massive mangrove restoration at
their river Bank.
The exercise was attended by various youth and women within the community, coordinated by the village head.
It was supported by Nema Chosso Project under the ministry of agriculture.
Alkali of Jomo- Kunda Yaya Jarju praised what he called the bold initiative by the citizens of the community, saying the exercise is a big boost for the village’s development.
He said mangrove restoration has been a concern of their villagers in the sense that when the river side was full of mangrove fish were in abundant and other economical means, but due to human nature and climate change the environment is facing a serious degradation. He also used the opportunity to commend his community for their active participation during this exercise.
He also challenged the community to continue the hard work and plant more trees, especially mangrove which is very important. He also commended NEMA- Chosso- Project under the ministry of agriculture for the supported rendered toward this project. He described this move as a step in the right direction. He also urged and appeal to Nema-chosso project to extend their support toward this project. We acknowledge the effort of Ebrima camara for initiating this exercise.
Speaking at the Exercise at the river side, Mr. Ebrima Camara the coordinator of All forestry Gambia platform said this was established in 2012, through the national forestry strategy program funded by FAO to support the implementation of the national forestry program activity .
He said this exercise covered forestry management and protection, during the rainy season we do conduct on tree planting exercise and mangrove restoration or rehabilitation within the community. He said this particular exercise started last year with Nema- Chosso Project under the ministry of agriculture. He added that the main objective of this exercise is to embark on a massive rehabilitation of mangrove within the community.
He said they started with four communities last year, and it was successfully conducted. This is why this year, we increase the number of villages to sixteen community, to benefit from this project.
He said this exercise is only limited to West coast region and this particular village was identified as a result of survey that was conducted and found out that there was a need to start with this community because it was potential for mangrove restoration .
He said before engaging in this exercise we make sure that the community expressed interest first. He called on other community to emulate this particular village. He also calls on project to work closely in partnership with community based organisation or civil society organisation, so that they can be able to achieve their project objectives. Saying that project management alone cannot implement all but with the involvement of reliable CBO, will greatly help them to achieve the project objectives.