Nov 6, 2009, 2:50 PM
The West Africa Bird Study Association recently planted 29,000 saplings of mangrove at Tanbi wetland in Bakau to enhance breeding of birds and preserve the country’s ecosystem.
The exercise was funded through the United Nations Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Modou Njie, WABSA administrative and financial manager, said the exercise would contribute to the protection and preservation of the environment and improve lives and livelihood of people.
He said the primary objective of the GEF-funded project is to preserve the country’s flora and fauna.
Mr Njie said the project targets Darsilami, Tanbi wetland, Nuimi National Park and Bintang Bolong to assist the communities in the improvement of their livelihood needs through mangrove restoration.
Mangroves are important in terms of fishing, rice cultivation, control of river waves, and salinity intrusion on lowland and upland.
Hatab Camara, an official of WABSA, said the association’s mangrove restoration is complementing the efforts of the Department of Forestry in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Alkalo Wasulung kunda, Musa Sidibeh, thanked WABSA for the foresight in working with the community in the restoration of the environment.