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Tackling deforestation

May 22, 2013, 10:02 AM

Africa, The Gambia, in particular, is facing serious challenges in the area of environmental degradation. Therefore, there is a need to tackle this menace as it is one of the very serious challenges facing humanity.

The cutting down of trees has become rampant in many parts of the country, not only for agricultural purposes but for economic gains.

The demand for energy and other human needs has made people go beyond the limit of exploiting forest resources today than ever before.

We, therefore, encourage people to develop the culture of planting and maintaining more trees as well as putting a stop to indiscriminate cutting of trees.

Similarly, we encourage people to resort to affordable alternative sources of energy, such as coal stove and solar cookers.

We are also calling on the local authorities, especially our chiefs, to enforce the Forest Act in order to prevent this inhuman act.

At this juncture, we would like to applaud the Head Chief of Kiang West, Alhagie Omar Gibba for being one among the lots, demonstrating commitment to this crusade.

Our worry is that even some of those entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the forest are no more being trusted by the communities, as they are believed to be intruders themselves.

Our remaining forest cover should be protected from all forms of destruction, and we must put more efforts to protecting our forest.

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