The deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Environment has emphasised the crucial role of Government and non-state actors in the management and protection of marine coastal resources.
DPS Alagie Manjang was speaking recently while presiding over the opening of a two-day training for over 35 participants drawn from Biodiversity Action Journalists The Gambia (BAJ-The Gambia), National Assembly Select Committee on Environment and Professional organizations active in fisheries issues in the country.
The training held at Tendaba Camp in the Lower River Region, was designed to train participants on different topics regarding poverty, environment, fisheries and biodiversity issues.
The training, he went on, was also meant to raise the awareness level of parliamentarians, journalists and professional organizations active in fisheries and biodiversity issues in the country.
“Six countries are implementing the Go-WAMER project namely, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea -Bissau, Guinea Conakry and Cape Verde and the project is co – funded by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme for a period of six years.” he added.
DPS Manjang stated; “This regional project aims to contribute to reducing poverty and strengthening food security for coastal communities in the eco-region, by improving governance and promoting the adoption of good practices, sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in the eco-region,”
Famara Darboe, a resource person at the training told participants that the fisheries sector of the Gambia has enormous potentials to positively contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
He maintained that artisanal fisheries sub-sector provides direct and indirect employment for over 6,000 people, while it is estimated that about 200,000 people in The Gambia depend on artisanal fisheries for their livelihoods.
“An estimated 70% of the artisanal catches are sold in the domestic market either fresh, smoked or dried and about 30% is sold to fish processing establishment for export,” Darboe said.
The forum was characterized with power point presentations by Fafanding S. Fatajo, Salmina E. Jobe and Kawsu Jammeh on different topics.
by Samba Jawo