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National forum on governance of marine and coastal resources kicks off today

Jan 20, 2016, 9:54 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPWM) under the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Water and Forestry will today Wednesday 20 January commence a two-day national forum on governance of marine and coastal resources Eco-camp.

According to a letterfrom DPWM signed by Ousainou Touray, senior wildlife conservationist under the DPWM, the environment ministry, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is currently implementing a sub-regional project called GoWAMER, entitled ‘Governance, Marine Resources Management Policies and Poverty Reduction in the West Africa Marine Eco-region, which is co-funded by the EU and UNDP to run for a six-year period.

The objective of the project is to improve governance and promote the adoption of best practices for sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in the eco-region WAMER.

Since 2013, The Gambia and other participating countries in the GoWAMER project conducted national workshops to calculate and analyze a national index of governance of marine and coastal resources, using a methodology inspired by impact alliance, structured around five relevant criteria and indicators, and the methodology is applied in order to obtain for the country quantitative measures of good governance indicators.

The forum to be held at the Tanji Bird Reserve would bring together stakeholders from the agriculture and natural resources sectors to a platform to brainstorm, share experiences and knowledge relevant to the theme of the workshop.