National Environment Agency (NEA) in collaboration with UNDP/GEF project and
NSSCE Construction Company based in Dakar, Senegal, Monday signed US$3.2
million construction works for Senegambia and Tanji beaches.
The signing ceremony held at the NEA head office, was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Environment and the Minister himself.
The project is designed to reduce Gambia’s vulnerability to sea level rise associated impacts of climate change by improving coastal defences and enhancing adaptive capacities of coastal communities.
The Hon Minister of Environment, Pa Ousman Jarjue, while speaking at the signing ceremony, said the construction of Senegambia and Tanji beaches is the first phase that would be followed by the construction of break waters which “hopefully will protect our vital coastal infrastructure and make resilient to the negative impacts of climate.
The Minister mentioned the project enhancing resilience of vulnerable coastal areas and communities to the impact of climate change in The Gambia.
In 2005, the project completed construction of chain link fences for five vegetable gardens in five communities of Bandali Tenda, Bintang, Miserable and Toubakolong equipped with boreholes, water troughs and overhead water tanks to ensure constant supply of water.
He added that motorized boats were provided to Tendaba and Misera to facilitate fisheries activities and transportation of garden produce to facilitate marketing.
Over 300 beehives were also delivered to beneficiary communities to promote beekeeping as an income-generating activity and about 1.4 million dollars was delivered in 2015.
The NEA Executive Director, Madam Ndey Sireng Bakurin, speaking at the occasion added that global climate change is one of the most important challenges to sustainable development that “we face as a region”.
The increasing emphasis placed by NEA and other partners on protecting natural eco-systems, particularly the coastal zone areas as key frontline response to the effects of a changing climate change, is “very positive” and it must continue.
Better linkage between climate change and coastal zone management is a vital step towards a more climate resilient Gambia.
The Head of the construction company, NSSCE Construct Ltd, giving his statement, said he is very proud to head the construction project and he “will deliver to expectations”.