UNDP signs US$ 3.2 million contract on the construction of erosion control measures at Senegambia/Kololi Beach and Tanji Bridge

Jul 13, 2016

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, signed a 3.2 million US Dollar contract with the contracting firm, Nouvelle Societe  des Mines & Travaux Publics for the Senegambia/Kololi Beach and Tanji Bridge, under the project, Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas and Communities to the Impact of Climate Change in The Gambia.

The signing ceremony was held at the National Environment Agency (NEA) as our implementing partner and host of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

In her address, the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje said the project, Enhancing resilience of vulnerable coastal areas and communities to the impact of climate change in The Gambia, under which this activity is based was initiated in 2012, and it is a tripartite partnership amongst the Government of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, UNDP and the Global Environment Facility. This project, funded by GEF at US$ 8.9 million, is meant to reduce The Gambia’s vulnerability to climate change, including sea-level rise and has three main components:

Component 1 - Policy and institutional development for climate risk management in coastal zones;

Component 2 – Physical Investments in coastal protection against climate change risks;

Component 3 – Strengthening livelihood of coastal communities at risk from climate change.

This initiative aims   to reduce at the risk of climate change induced damage to human and economic development in coastal areas in The Gambia which is mounting. The combined effects of sea level rise and changes in upstream river discharge, erosion of coastal embankments and changes to natural sediment dynamics pose a serious threat to the natural resource base and livelihood opportunities of coastal communities.

In addition to recurrent and rapid onset of extreme events (i.e.: flash floods), The Gambia’s coastal zone is being confronted with a range of “creeping” climate risks, such as increasing salinity level trends in coastal freshwater resources, growing drainage congestions, dynamic changes in coastal sediment dynamics and morphology and a decline in the functioning of protective ecosystems (e.g.: mangroves). 

Given the lack of institutional capacity to systematically identify and address climate driven changes in risk patterns, the Government of The Islamic Republic of the Gambia proposed a project to reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities to climate change-induced risks in 5 localities (Kotu, Tanji, Bintang, Darsilami and Tendaba).

To address these issues, NEA with political support from the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Forestry, Fisheries, Water & Wildlife partnered with UNDP and GEF to develop this project that is designed to reduce Gambia’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and associated impacts of climate change by improving coastal defenses and enhancing adaptive capacities of coastal communities.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Minister of Environment, Climate Change,

Fisheries, Forestry, Water & Wildlife, and chaired by the Permanent Secretary, of the same ministry. Also in attendance were the, Executive Director, National Environment Agency (NEA), UNFCCC Focal Point for the Gambia, Project Board Members, the contracting firm, Nouvelle Societe  des Mines & Travaux Publics, The NGO Community, and representative of the Media.