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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Climate change: NEA conducts GIS training in The Gambia

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) has concluded a two-day training on the Global Information System (GIS), a climate change project (PARCC) at Baobab Hotel, The Gambia, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The aim of the project, NaijaAgroNet learnt, is to assess the vulnerability of protected areas in West Africa and impact of climate change in view of enhancing resilience by developing strategies and tools to improve effectiveness management in climate change. The JEF-fund project executed by UNEP-WCMC in partnership with (IUCN PACO) has been in operation since 2010.

NaijaAgroNet also learnt that the project covers five core countries in West Africa, namely The Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Chad and Togo. Bukina Faso, Cote Divoire and Ghana are also benefiting from certain components of the project, information further revealed.

"It is indisputable that conservation is the key in sustainable development, especially in our environment that has not been constantly and properly managed. It is interesting to know that research has shown that more than 13 percent of the global land surface is designated as "protected area," Minister Jarju stated.

"We are aware that the West African region contains a high level of biodiversity and endemic species across multiple areas. This region is also projected to experience extreme climate change in the future," he stated. He said the government of The Gambia was fully aware of the achievements that PARCC project registered in the past year, and these achievements include preparation of a report on projected impacts of climate change on biodiversity in West Africa Protected Area in which impact on reptiles, birds, mammal has been highlighted.

Cyriacus Nnaji/GEE

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