The Government of The Gambia (GoTG) through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) recently concluded a two-day national forum on Governance of Marine and Coastal Resources at a local Eco Camp in Sanyang Village.
The project entitled “Governance, Marine Resource Management Policies and Poverty Reduction in West Africa Marine Ecoregion”, was co-funded by the EU and UNDP for a period of six (6) years. The specific objective of this project is to improve governance and promote the adoption of best practices for sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in the ecoregion GOWAMER.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Alagie Manjang, Deputy Permanent Secretary Technical at the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, disclosed that since 2013, The Gambia and other participating countries in the GOWAMER project conducted a national workshop to calculate and analyze a national index governance of marine and coastal resources using a methodology inspired by “Impact Alliance”, structured around five relevant criteria and indicators.
“The methodology is applied in order to obtain for the country’s quantitative measures of good governance indicators,” he noted.
DPS Manjang acknowledged the significant stride by the Government in formulating required legal, institutional and policy framework for the management of marine and coastal areas.
“The establishment of the National Environment Agency as the coordinating institution for environment policies notably the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Framework and the subsequent development of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy (ANR) present a real opportunity in the harmonisation of policies in the environment and natural resources sectors,” he added.
Other speakers at the occasion were Dr Almamy Camara of the UNDP and Alieu Nyang of the European Union, who both highlighted the importance of good governance on marine and coastal resources.
by Samba Jawo