Apr 9, 2009, 6:22 AM
Waste Management is a global issue, and is really affecting the world.
The recent joint meeting organized by the National Environment Agency and UNDP on strategic ways to manage waste in The Gambia for communities within the Greater Banjul Area is timely.
The protection of our environment and the proper management of our waste should be the concern of every Gambian.
Inefficient waste disposal in The Gambia like in many third world countries is becoming a major environmental hazard.
If the African countries want to achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals for environmental sustainability and solid waste disposal before 2015, they need to take urgent actions to address waste management problems, as soon as possible.
The time has come for us to create a framework for a new national commitment to address poverty eradication that would ensure environmental sustainability by integrating the principles of sustainable development into our country's policies and programmes to reverse the loss of environmental resources.