2 wildlife reserves boosted
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
The Gambia Biodiversity Management and Institutional Strengthening (GMBIS) Project under the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management (DPWM) recently handed over two vehicles and other support logistics materials to the Tanji Bird Reserve and the Kiang West National Park respectively. The handing over ceremony held at DPWM’s Abuko head office also witnessed the donation of beekeeping materials and other valuables to the said beneficiaries.
the occasion, the director of the Parks and Wildlife, Alpha Omar Jallow,
stressed that the donated items are for the development of the reserves. “We should
be very proactive to show the donors that when we are given a small token, we
can get [something] out of it,” he stated, while urging the beneficiaries to
take very good care of the equipment, especially the vehicles. The Parks
and Wildlife director decried the lack of inadequate mobility to constantly
supervise and inspect the works of managements of the existing seven national
parks in the country.
Speaking earlier, a senior wildlife officer and coordinator of GBMIS, Ousman Touray, said the project enables the Department of Parks and Wildlife to work with local communities and other key stakeholders, to expand and improve the management and effectiveness of these reserves in both Kiang and Tanji.
underscored that the project would strengthen and monitor biodiversity and
ecosystem of animals, as well as prepare and implement an action plan for at
least one additional endangered specie. Touray noted that the GBMIS Project is
part of the West Africa Biodiversity Programme under the Global Environmental
Facility (GEF). He added that the Biodiversity focal area’s second strategic
objective is to catalyze the sustainability of protected area systems, by
fulfilling the eligible criteria of strategic programmes and increasing
representation for effective management of marine protected areas.
The GBMIS disclosed that the Gambia government had signed a grant of US$ 1,000,000 with the World Bank for the financing of the Project. The project, he said, was conceived to implement and enhance parks and wildlife reservation. “The issue of hippos in the country are also going to be looked into,” he added, while indicating that they have started the surveys on mangroves.
resources will provide support to identify sites by upgrading, preparing and
implementing participatory protected area management plans; monitor the
management’s effectiveness, and to conduct ecological surveys to establish a
baseline for monitoring the impact of the management activities on biodiversity
and ecosystems,” he concluded.
The manager for Kiang West National Park, Lamin Ceesay, for his part, said the items would go a long way in enhancing effectiveness and ease mobility constraints. “The materials would enable us to go deep down in the forest and enhance our work as wildlife preservers,” he concluded.
Author: Bintou KB Janneh