Department of Parks and Wildlife Management on Tuesday held a two-day forum on
the preparation of the 6th National Report to the Convention of Biological CBD.
Held at a hotel in Bijilo, the forum was aimed at creating a National Action
Plan and to raise awareness on bio-diversity.
Lamin B Dibba, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources said The Gambia government in 1992 signed the convention of biological diversity and ratified it in 1994.
‘The Gambia government in fulfilling its obligations under the convention took steps including inter-alia, development Environment Nation Plan in 1990-1992; Forest Management concept in 1995 and National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan’.
He added that to consolidate the achievements made, his Ministry is working closely with technical departments in preparing to validate its strategic Plan 2018-2021,on the objectives of conservation of Biodiversity, sustainable use of the component of biodiversity and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits delivered from the utilisation genetic resources.
Minister Dibba stressed that his ministry took the initiative to introduce a PPP model to the cabinet with the aim of the management of the country’s flora and fauna and approved by the cabinet.
‘The Ministry of Environment has signed an MOU with Abuko Tourism Company Ltd to support the reserve management of the Abuko Nature Reserve in enhancing biological diversity to make long term diversified tourism products together with partners to preserve our cultural heritage. For the long-term sustainable development goals to be achieved, we need to be innovative. The Ministry is looking at resources within and outside to up reach economic development on the national level. The Ministry and Department of Parks and Wildlife recognize the important role of stakeholders in government, private sector, civil society and NGO’s in creating awareness in diversity and preservation nature for the future generation’ he added.
During the 6th National Report, he went on, the stakeholders would involve in gathering information and performing specific assessment to determine progress of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets elaborated three years ago during the preparation of NBSAP2.
Ousainou Touray deputy director of DPWM said, his department is mandated to conserve and manage the remaining national wildlife flora and fauna of The Gambia.
‘The parties are required to under Article 26 of the Convention on Biological Diversity to submit national report to the conference of parties due 31st December 2018’.
Touray indicated that the national reports represent a tool for reviewing progress in the implementation and convention at the national level and to present an opportunity to reflect on successes and obstacles and to be used as an outreach tool.
In relation to the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity at global level, he added that the information from the 6th national reports would be used primarily, adding that review of the implementation of the strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011- 2020 and Aichi Biodiversity Targets will be undertaken at the 15th meeting of the conference of the parties.
He thus called on all to assist in the compilation of data, information and the provision of sectoral activity reports related to biodiversity conservation. This, he added, would go a long way in enhancing the quality and reliability of the 6th National Report reflecting realities in The Gambia.