minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Lamin B. Dibba,
on Tuesday 21 May 2019 presided over the inauguration of the National Climate
Change Council (NCCC).
The National Climate Change Council was established after The Gambia had been identified by the intergovernmental panel on climate change as one of the most vulnerable countries to the impact of climate change in Africa.
In order to manage this vulnerability, the government of The Gambia with support from the European Union developed a national climate change policy in 2016 which was approved by Cabinet in 2018.
The objective of the policy is to mainstream climate change into all development sectors and to improve the coordination of climate change interventions.
In his statement, Minister Dibba said the main goal of the policy seeks to build resilience as a nation to the impacts of climate change.
He said the policy outlines the need for the formation of a climate change secretariat and other oversight committees, to enhance coordination of proposed interventions and policy actions.
Minister Dibba said they would set up a climate change fund which will be used to support climate change activities.
“The policy is a guideline for the country and also to support us in our activities,” he said.
He added that The Gambia is already experiencing climate change which needs special attention.
Participants were then taken through the policy document which shows the strategic focus area and the institutional arrangements.
According to the policy document, the long term vision is to achieve a climate-resilient society, through systems and strategies that mainstream climate change, disaster risk reduction, gender and environmental management for sustainable social, political and economic development.
Amongst the policies stated in the policy document, are to advance the understanding, capacity and social empowerment of all Gambians so that they can adequately respond to climate change.