The Department of Forestry under the Ministry of Environment Climate Change and Natural Resources, incollarbration with FAO the Gambia kick-started a validation workshop for a legal Analysis report drafted as part of an assignment carried out under the Regional Project “Transforming Forest for People and Climate – A focus on West Africa”.

The assessment reviewed will highlight Gambia’s domestic legal obligations and commitments in the sustainable management of forests; and the forest legal and institutional framework.

The validation workshop was attended by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment Mr. Alieu Njie, Director of Forestry Mr. Muhammed Jaiteh The FAO Resident Representative Ms. Moshibudi Rampedi other relevant stakeholders. The event was held on Monday 5 September at Sir Dawda Kairaba Conference Center Senegambia Kololi.

The project Global Forest Transformation for People and Climate Focus on West Africa is key to rolling out the ECOWAS Convergence Plan for Sustainable Management and Utilization of Forest Ecosystems in West Africa, which aims to mobilize political institutional financial, and technical support to address transboundary forest issues across ECOWAS member states.

The project will strengthen decision-making on forests and land management and strengthen capacity at the sub-regional level through ECOWAS and other sub-regional partners to implement elements of the Convergence Plan.

The document will enable the Dept of Forestry to assess our level of progress in the implementation of national, International, and sub-regional conventions treaties and protocols signed by the government, such as RIO Conventions, CEDAW, and others.

Isatou Jawara

Information Officer