Signing Ceremony of Country Program Document

The Ministry of Environment Climate and Natural Resources is the implementing partner for the project entitled “Building the Gambia’s capacities and resilience to Climate Change related Disasters, Natural Resources Management, environmental protection and enhanced livelihoods”.

This is a componentt of the UNDP Country Program Document 2017 – 2021.

Sub-Implementing Partner for the project are:  Ministry of Lands & Regional Government, Ministry of Energy/Department of Energy, NAWEC,  Department of Water Resources (DWR), Department of Forestry and Department of Parks and Wildlife Management, Department of Fisheries, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Mbolo Association, Women’s Bureau.

During the signing ceremony, Dr. Almamy Camara, representing the UNDP Resident Representative, underscored the need for greater environmental protection. He assured UNDP’s support in addressing the sustainable management Gambia’s natural resources.

In response, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment Climate and Natural Resources Mr. Lamin Jawara described the intervention as quite relevant to our current national developmental challenges. He assured the UNDP that his staff will work dedicatedly to coordinate the project.

The objective of the project

The project will contribute to adaption, transformation and resilience building of affected communities and systems by reducing vulnerability to climate and disaster risk, through provision of integrated and mutually reinforcing upstream and downstream support to address the following constraints:

  • Gaps in policies and legal frameworks for effective integration and funding of CC response actions.
  • Gaps in capacities to implement gender sensitive CCR/DRM policies in a coordinated, inclusive and efficient manner
  • Weak capacities for adoption and adaptation of emerging sustainable natural resources use and management technologies, and methods for low carbon emission and climate change resilience
  • Weak public, including private sector and community response to Climate and disaster risks.
  • Weak capacities to implement the SEA4ALL objectives. UNDP will provide timely quality upstream support to GoTG and stakeholders to address all of the above gaps. In addition, UNDP support will influence the process of mainstreaming CCA/DRM strategies in national, subnational, local (an even regional) policies, plans and budgets and other instruments like fiscal and economic instruments to stimulate responsible consumption and production of the natural base.

The project will build the required capacities of relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies as well as key stakeholders (Communities, CSOs, NGOs, CBO and CSO etc ) through provision , technical, technological, operational and catalytic financial support at all phases of future project design, implementation and evaluation, with special emphasis on innovation South-South and triangular cooperation, and enhancement of community resilience through support to full domestication of relevant technologies and methods at the community level. The project will make sure to mainstream gender by considering the needs, capacities and opportunities for both men and women throughout implementation. This intervention, designed based on an agreed upon ToC, with explicit inbuilt UNDP’s Exit Strategy, is expected to help reduce the economic and livelihoods losses from climate related hazards by 2021.