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Environment Minister calls for urgent action to address crisis faced by nature

Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Water Resources
Lamin B. Dibba, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources

By Arfang M.S. Camara

Lamin B. Dibba, the Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources has expressed the need for urgent action to be taken and outlined ambitions to address the crisis facing nature in the year 2020.

The Minister said that “the year 2020 is a year for urgency, ambition and action to address the crisis facing nature; and also provide an opportunity to incorporate nature based solutions into global environmental actions.”

He was speaking at his office at Kairaba Avenue during the World Environment Day 2020.

Minister Dibba expressed further that the year 2020 is also a critical year for national commitment to preserving and restoring biodiversity, and an opportunity to start ramping up the United Nations (UN) decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), which is intended to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystem, to fight against the climate crisis and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity conservation.

He noted that Human activities have caused so much damage to the environment and as a result affect “our delicate ecosystem.”

“The damage has become so severe that the whole world has come together to stop any further damage as our continued survival in this planet is at risk. The government of the Gambia is honored to be part of this global fight,” he informed.

According to him, biodiversity will find a voice through thousands of African youths, adding that young men and women will speak out for biodiversity and take action to conserve it.

He encouraged Gambian youth to meaningfully and effectively participate in the conservation of our biodiversity for the benefit of future generations.

The Minister also informed his audience about the government’s many projects aimed at restoring the health and well-being of the ecosystem and thus promoting biodiversity restoration, which it is implementing through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources.

He explained that the Gambia biological resources are vital to the populations’ economic and social development. As a result, there is a growing recognition in The Gambia that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations.

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