Aug 13, 2009, 6:45 AM
(Thursday 24th October 2019 Issue)
Greenpeace Africa, an international organisation focusing on environmental preservation, over the week held a discussion with Kombo South communities on the alleged destruction of fishmeal factories at Sanyang.
The awareness gathering was attended by fishermen, tour operators, environmentalists, village fishery committees, Gunjur Environmental movement and Sanyang VDC. They were sensitized on various environmental and food insecurity impacts alleged to be created by fishmeal plants.
Bakary Krubally, communication officer of Greenpeace Africa said their main focus as an organisation is directed to protect global environmental threats, which include sensitisation of vulnerable communities challenged by the industrial activities of the fishmeal companies.
He said Greenpeace Africa has being working in different African communities whose daily livelihood sustenance is hampered by the emergence of fishmeal industries, saying the organisation will continue to empower vulnerable communities that are faced by the establishment of the fishmeal plants through sensitisation.
“One of our main objectives to fight against the existence of fishmeal factories and other environmental degradations is to help empower the local people affected by those threats through sensitization,” he said.
Dr. Alieu Bah, political adviser of Greenpeace Africa said since its establishment in 1971, with a total number of 50 African countries, they have worked with many local organisations in empowering them with needed knowledge to act in defense of their resources and environment.
He urged the affected coastal communities to work as a single organisation in order to have a unique objective in the protection of their livelihood against the fishmeal plants. “We have to come together as communities that are challenged by the activities of the fishmeal factories to be able to firmly stand in protection of our daily livelihood.”