The officials of Climate Watch-The Gambia (CWG) recently paid a courtesy call on the National Environment Agency (NEA) in Kanifing.
Speaking at the meeting, the Executive Director of Climate Watch-The Gambia, Saikou Suwareh Jabai, said the meeting was aimed at officially introducing his organisation to the Agency and to further discuss areas where both parties can complement each others’ efforts in their quest to work towards a conducive environment for national development.
He said CWG was established in 2014 with the core objective of engaging young people in curbing climate change, protecting the environment and promoting their active participation in fisheries and agriculture.
Jabai disclosed that Climate Watch recognises NEA as a crucial partner in development and that the collaboration of the two organisations will in no small measure boost their capacity as young climate change and environment activists.
The Programme Manager of CWG, Omar Malmo Sambou, thanked NEA for the reception.
He said CWG seeks the collaboration of NEA in its education and advocacy programmes, key among them is their weekly radio show on Star FM which comes on Saturdays at 4pm.
According to him, the radio show will in some occasions need the expertise of the officials of NEA, especially in the area of sensitising the public on environmental issues.
He said CWG also participates in the by-weekly set-setal and would further want to work with NEA in promoting young people’s participation in this initiative.
Welcoming the delegation, NEA Senior Programme Officer on Education and Climate, Muhammed Leroy A. Gomez, stated that youths’ participation in curbing the effects of climate change and environmental protection is crucial as future leaders.
The National Environment Agency, he went on, is established to ensure a clean and healthy environment; thus the involvement of young people in that regard is important.
Gomez said NEA is ready to collaborate with CWG in helping them to realise their objectives.
The Senior Programme Officer highlighted the numerous programmes and projects that the Agency embarks on, and noted that CWG can associate with them in some of these areas.
At the end of the summit, NEA presented The Gambia Environment Action Plan (2009 – 2018) and other important documents to CWG.
by Fatou Trawally