Dr Isatou Touray, The Vice President of The Gambia said that poor institutional and regulatory frameworks are the main obstacles hindering the sustainable management of the environment.
She made this statement at the National Environmental Management Council meeting held at Sir. Dawda K. Jawara Conference Center yesterday.
Acting as chairman of the board, Dr Isatou Touray said that these main hindering factors combine with the misapplication of existing environmental laws.
“Environmental issues such as land degradation, loss of biodiversity, loss of forest cover, coastal erosion, inefficient waste and pesticide management can severely hamper the development of The Gambia if the situation is not under control, ”she said.
However, she assured that the government of The Gambia would revise the existing NEMA law and strengthen institutional and regulatory frameworks for the environment.
“Due to the geophysical condition of The Gambia, climatic extremes and high degrees of exposure and vulnerability, the country is subject to a wide range of risks, including flash floods, windstorms, disease outbreaks, among others. others, “she said, adding that some places in the country are prone to such various disasters.
Dr Touray also called on Gambians to inherit a clean environment in order to ensure a clean Gambia.
Meanwhile, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Lamin Dibba called for the need to change attitudes towards the environment, adding that no economy can be sustained without the environment.
“The environment is one of the most important portfolios because without a fertile land, a land free of pollutants, it would be difficult to have healthy food systems for our people.”
However, he was quick to add that the environment is important, but as long as our attitudes remain, it can have consequences for our lives and livelihoods.
He said that Article 6 of the National Environmental Management Law, which was established in 1994, listed the members of the NEMC and that the Agency’s objective is to recognize the importance of ministries. whose presence is necessary within the board.
Subject to the provisions of the NEMA Act of 1994, the board would consider any changes.