National NFCS establishment consultation underway

Friday, June 29, 2018

Department of Water Resources has commenced a 3-day national consultation seminar for the establishments of The Gambia National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) at a hotel in Kololi.

The synergy involved key international and regional partners, including UN agencies, NGOs and inter-governmental organizations interested in supporting the co-production, uptake and use of climate services towards the creation of one harmonized framework to deliver salient climate services.

The Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly matters, James F. P. Gomez said government commitment in poverty reduction and improvement of her citizens’ well-being is driven by the National Development Plan (NDP).

“In a bid to be more responsive to the numerous challenges facing our communities and to ensure the continued effective contribution of the Department of Water Resources to the National Development Plan” he said.

The Department, he said, is currently undergoing restructuring exercise at the end of which better services will be assured to The Gambian public.

Minister Gomez indicated that his ministry will submit a bill to the National Assembly to establish a Gambia Meteorological Authority (GAMA), which he said, will be an independent public enterprise governed by a board to be the lead authority in The Gambia for the provision of meteorological services of internationally recognized standard.

Bernard Gomez, representative of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the purpose of the NFCS is to coordinate and enable institutions to work together to co-design, co-produce, communicate, deliver and make use of climate services for decision-making in climate-sensitive socio-economic sectors.

The Gambia, he said, has experienced and continues to experience serious climate issues including atmospheric, climate and water related disaster including droughts and floods, rainstorms, lightning strikes and dust storms that are leading to serious impacts in the economic, social and environmental domains.

Director of Water Resources Lamin Mai Touray said the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) was established by the Head of States and Governments, Ministers and Head of delegations present at the 3rd World Climate Conference (WCC-3).

“The GFCS aims to enable societies to better manage the risks and utilize the opportunities arising from climate variability and change, especially for the most vulnerable by developing and incorporating science-based climate information and prediction into planning, policy and practice,” he explained.

He said although the initial focus was on the five priority areas; water, health, agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction and energy, adding that all climate-sensitive sectors stands to benefit in the long term.

Author: Fatou B. Cham