Climate Change Resilience Building - UNDP Support to Costal Communities in The Gambia

Aug 11, 2016

(Photo Credit: Cecilia Senghore)

On 11th August 2016, the UNDP Resident Representative and the Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR) jointly delivered 45 canoes each equipped with two paddles and two life Jackets and three boats each with a 15HP engine and an assortment of nets, safety and security gear to eight communities under the project “Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas and Communities to the impact of climate change in The Gambia”.

This project 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 (GEF).

The project has three main components and one of the components “Strengthening Livelihoods of Coastal Communities at risk from climate change” has an output aimed at enhancing fisheries activities in the Tanbi and Baobolong wetlands. A needs assessment was undertaken in 2014, and nine women oyster collector groups and three fishing groups were identified for support. Five of the nine women groups will be supported in 2016 and the remaining four in 2017.

UNDP recognizes this activity as one that goes towards building and strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to shocks, including climate change, and will go a long way in contributing to the attainment of food security, income generation, and economic independence   for the women communities concerned.

In her statement, the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, expressed joy in handing over these canoes to five women groups. She said when you support women, you support a nation. She recalled how Try Oyster Women Association made the country proud when they won the Equator Award in 2012 held at the Rio +20 Summit. “we know they will continue to work hard to support their families and communities.” The three fishing boats were handed over to the three fishing communities of No-Kunda, Kontek-Kunda Niji and Jumansar-Ba.

For his part, the Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Hon. Ousman Jarju, said this project came to enhance the resilience of vulnerable the coastal communities, who are mainly women, to the impact of climate change.   He is therefore, delighted to support women who are very steadfast.  He mentioned that he knows that the canoes and boats will go a long way in helping increase their incomes and support their families.

UNDP and the government of The Gambia is looking into a second phase to explore options for scaling up the successes and address the challenges which will encompass all other issues raised by the women not being supported under this current phase.

For more information, contact

Almamy Camara

Programme Specialist, Environment and Resilient Development at almamy.camara@undp.org