Roger Wood, director of research for the Wetlands Institute, over the weekend
presented a document on Terrapin, Tires and Trap Conservation Biology to the
Department of Park and Wildlife management to seek collaboration with the
Wetland institute in USA.
presentation, which was witnessed by experts from the Department of Parks and
Wildlife Management, was held at the office in Abuko.
interview with The Point, Professor Roger Wood said that the purpose of the
presentation was to enable the experts to have knowledge about Terrapins and
see areas where the Wetland Institute can collaborate with Department of Parks
and Wildlife Management (Gambia).
According to him, there has been very little
research done into fresh water turtles and land turtles in most of Africa and there is an opportunity to get
a small branch in The Gambia. He added that The Gambia is an exceptionally good
place to develop a comprehensive research programme that will be able to expand
to other parts of Sub-Sahara Africa. Professor Wood further disclosed that
there are over 300 turtle species worldwide out of which Gambia has 10 different species which are
not found in other countries. He added that an interest would be developing in
The Gambia about the different kinds of fresh water and land turtles. He noted
that long-term studies and capacity building could be done which will help to
understand their ecology, behavioural change and their population. Professor
Wood said that many things have been discussed including capacity building for
the turtle's attendance.
part, the director of parks and wildlife management, Mr. Alpha .O. Jallow,
assured Professor Roger Wood of his readiness to collaborate with wetlands and
come to a MOU which will spelt out everything clearly and see areas where
partnerships can be formed.