Young People Without Borders (YPWB), a youth-led community based-organisation in Siffoe, Kombo South District in the West Coast Region, on Saturday planted over 10,000 mangrove saplings and over 150 tree species along the Siffoe-Dombondirr River to tackle erosion along the river banks.
The organisation conducted the exercise in collaboration with the community of Dombondirr in the Southern Senegalese province of Cassamance.
Kaifa Kanteh, President of YPWB affirmed that they are doing their best to replace lost mangroves and trees along the river in order to tackle erosion in the area.
He observed that cutting of trees has led to serious soil erosion in the area and “if it is left like that it can contribute to serious climate change”.
He opined that planting more mangrove saplings would help revive the lost riches of the river.
“We indiscriminately cut down trees without replacing them and that is not good for our environment,” he cautioned.
Lamin Drammeh from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coastal Resilient project said planting of trees is one aspect of the project and described the move as a right step in addressing climate change. “Planting trees at the upland areas will avoid lowland erosion.”
Karamo Fatty, Public Relations Officer of YPWB and Ebrima Jallow, Chairman of Siffoe Village Development Committee, both commended the participants for their commitment to safe the country’s environment, saying planting mangroves along the river would help to address climate change and even fish from extinction.
Alagie Omar Sanneh and Nfansu Jatta from Dombondirr, both expressed optimism that the planted trees “if taken with great care would immensely contribute to addressing the effects of climate change”.
by Fatou Gassama