By Maimuna Sey-Jawo
The president of the Republic of the Gambia Adama Barrow is expected to preside over the official launch ceremony of a 6-year project called Land-Scale Ecosystem-based adaptation project in the Gambia, developing a climate-resilient, natural resource-based economy.
The launch ceremony which is to take place at the Kairaba Beach Hotel today is expected to be witnessed by all permanent sectaries, sirectors, CEOs, NGOs, public and private sectors and other Government officials.
The 6-year project is implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Climatic Change and Water Resource which is targeting 3 regions in the country namely; Upper river region (north and south), Central river region (north and south), and Lower river region respectively.
The objective of the project is to build the climate- resilience of rural Gambia communities and facilitate the development of a sustainable natural resource-based (green) economy by implementing large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation project within and adjacent to agricultural lands, community-managed forest reserves and wildlife conservation areas.
According to officials, the project is funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) the financing mechanism of the United Nations Framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC).
Officials further added that the GCF has been established to combat climate change and achieve low emission and climate resilient development pathways in developing countries and reduce global temperature rise to a level less than 2 degrees Celsius.