UNIDO commences implementation of ‘Greening the Productive Sectors in The Gambia’ project

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

United Nations Development Organisation (UNIDO) has started the implementation of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project in The Gambia titled: ‘Greening the Productive Sectors in The Gambia: promoting the use and integration of small-to-medium scale renewable energy systems in the productive sectors’.

The implementation of the project commences with a workshop that commenced yesterday at the Kairaba beach hotel. The project is implemented under the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and with the Project Management Office (PMO) at The Gambia Renewable Energy Center (GREC).

With the increasing prices on fossil fuel, the government of The Gambia began a strong push to promote renewable energy resources as competitive domestic source of energy.

The UNIDO/GEF 5 project is partnering with the MoPE/UNESCO Project to implement this project to address the problem of skilled personnel shortage in renewable energy in the country.

The project hired BELTEC, a local consulting firm to support the development of renewable energy entrepreneurship curricula for secondary/vocational and higher education institutions in The Gambia and also conduct series of train-the-trainers training for future trainers on renewable energy in the respective educational institutions.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Lamin Camara said energy is a very important service in the socio-economic development of any country, saying it is always prioritized by countries in their national development agenda. ‘Energy is used to support our industries, education, health and other service sectors and support our living,’ he noted.

Mr. Camara said renewable energy has potential for clean energy production and is environmentally friendly, sustainable and helps in mitigating climate change.

The main objective of the project is to introduce renewable energy in Gambia’s school curricula to enable the young generation to embrace renewable energy.

Omar Bah, representative from the National Environment Agency, said Gambia’s National Climate Change Policy has a long term vision 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.

“The vision suggests that an effective Gambian climate change response requires economic, social and environmental interventions that integrate mitigation and adaptation elements within a development framework.”

The project manager Moses Campbell disclosed that the aim of the UNIDO/GEF 5 project is to green Gambia’s productive sectors through the use and integration of renewable energy technologies and combat the adverse effects of climate change through mitigation.

‘The Gambia is therefore committed and already participating in this joint global effort in combating climate change for our benefit and the benefit of our future generation’.

Author: Fatou Dem