Dr Isatou Touray was speaking on Wednesday at the National Environmental Management Council (NEMA) meeting held in Sir. Dawda K. Jawara Conference Center.
Acting as chairman of the board, Dr Touray argued that these two factors hampering sustainable environmental management 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 controlled. ” she said.
She thus assured that the government of The Gambia would review existing laws on NEMA and strengthen its institutional and regulatory frameworks on the environment.
Due to the geophysical condition of the country, coupled with its climatic extremes and high degrees of exposure and vulnerability, she argued that the country is prone to a wide range of risks including flash floods, windstorms. , epidemics, among others.
The Vice-President thus called on the Gambians to ensure a clean environment in order to ensure a clean Gambia.
For his part, Lamin Dibba, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources called for a change in attitude towards the environment, saying 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. “
Minister Dibba was quick to add, however, that the environment is important, but as long as “our attitude remains” it can have consequences for our lives and livelihoods.
“Article 6 of the National Environmental Management Law, which was established in 1994, listed the members of the National Environmental Management Council and the objective of the agenda is to recognize the importance of ministries, whose presence is necessary in the council. “