Janjangbureh, Crr — The Advancement for the Development of Women and Children (ADWAC) recently established what it called cross boarder resources management committee in the Central River Region provincial town of Brikamaba.
The eight-member committee will be responsible, among other things, of ensuring the smooth implementation of the Sustainable Agricultural Environment and Governance (SAGE) paying particular attention to forest management and protection in the Gambia and
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the deputy governor of the region, Malang Saibo Camara, said the SAGE project is established to complement government's efforts in the development of the country. He described the establishment of the committee as important, and called on its members to live up to expectation.
The CRR deputy governor equally challenged the communities to intensify the protection and control of the forest against bush fires and other illegal activities. He spoke at length on the critical role the forest plays in the livelihood of the people, noting that most of the rural dwellers depend heavily on it for various purposes.
He assured them of his office's unflinching support during the implementation of the project.
A land management expert, Saikou K Sonko, who also spoke at the occasion, explained that the SAGE project is a four-year sub-regional scheme jointly implemented by ADWAC in The Gambia, APRODEL in Guinea Bissau and FODDE in Senegal. "It has four components; namely food security, energy and environment, land management and gender issues," he indicated.
The project, according to Sonko, seeks to enhance production capacity in order to attain food security in the country, to improve the living conditions of women and children through the supply of domestic fuel and reducing consumption of wood energy through the management of forest resources.
The project coordinator, Yusupha Trawally, said the establishment of this committee will help to enhance the implementation of a framework that will serve as a tool to facilitate cross border forest management between the two countries..
Other speakers include the mayor of Patarr, Senegal, Alieu Baldeh; Modou Drammeh and Yamundow Drammeh.