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Preserving our environment

Jun 6, 2012, 2:13 PM

The preservation of the environment is, no doubt, in the best interest of all Gambians.

The country over the years has been experiencing the devastating effects of climate change. Thus there are calls for concerted efforts to tackle the problem.

Sustainable improved environmental management is essential for the preservation of our forest cover.

Collectively, we need to combat deforestation, generate clean energy, reduce emissions to the air that are harmful to the ozone layer, and the preservation of our water resources.

The theme for the 2012 World Environment Day is a gentle reminder to all and sundry of the need to preserve and protect the environment.

Activities such as tree panting could help in the preservation of our environment, and we therefore encourage communities to consider planting more trees.

The environment and natural resources of people under oppression, domination and occupation shall be protected for the common good.

Over the years, the country has gained a lot from the environment resources and we must work closely to preserve it for more gains and generations yet unborn.

There is a need, no doubt, to provide the framework to implement more concrete projects or actions that mobilise both stakeholders and resources through building on existing information and programmes within the country.

Small-scale businesses and industries that are out to promote and preserve the environment such as GreenTech must be supported.

We need once more to identify priority issues and problems; increasing awareness on the value of marine and coastal environments to promote economic growth and poverty reduction.

It would be of great good if we mobilise more resources to intensify our efforts and campaign for a better preserved environment.

We must also not lose sight of involving the communities in our campaigns.