Senegambia forest degradation reaches critical stage

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Climate change is adversely affecting ecosystems and livelihoods on planet earth. The Minister of Environment has warned that the degradation of forest resources in Senegal and The Gambia has reaches a critical stage. His message is simply calling on people, this new generation to do something to preserve our forest cover.

At a day’s forum trans-boundary regional meeting, which comprises The Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Bissau, the minister further said the mobilisation of sustainable forests and energy management has been recognised as one of the major hurdles in achieving policy goals in the sub-Saharan countries. The Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Bissau are not exception.

The meeting aimed at validating the Sustainable Participatory Forest and Household Energy Management that is meant for the three countries.

In this connection, these two countries should now stand up to the recent challenges facing our forest cover and they must come together to put in place sound policies that would ensure a more sustainable forest management within our borders. “The loss of the forest cover will mean disruption of the ecological balance habitats for wildlife and reduction on farm productive capacity.”

 Land resources are among the most biologically productivity ecosystem with unique environment and economic benefits to man for sustainable development.  The level of forest degradation in the recent past has is on the rise due to ongoing human pressure on the forest cover in these countries biomass materials for the food web relevant for the livelihood of the population of these countries.

The forest cover provides environmental services such as reduction of excessive amounts of soil erosion, the protection of the river banks and water bodies’ habitat for wildlife ecotourism and a sink for carbon dioxide among others.

Thus, the meeting was so vital at a time we need to come together to ensure forest protection and also making sure that trans-boundary sustainable forest energy management is recognised as a potential foundation to poverty reduction and sustainable development of forest dependent people.

The major challenges faced by most developing countries in environmental management are the insufficient and access to resources for implementing policies and programmed for sustainable management.

 But the successful implementation of the programme will go a long way in addressing the informal  trade in forest production currently practical across  the borders of these countries and as well as reduce the pressure on the forest recourse to supply domestic energy through the introduction  of affordable  cook stoves.

“Land resources are among the most biologically productivity ecosystem with unique environment and economic benefits to man for sustainable development”

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