Enhancing Resilience to Climate Change in Vulnerable Coastal Communities in Gambia

Introduction

The project, 'Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas and Communities to Climate Change in the Republic of Gambia',  will restore and maintain 2,500 ha of the mangroves forests of Tanbi Wetlands (of which 177,285 Gambian depends directly or indirectly on their economic activities, its buffer zones, sewage sinks and coastal stabilization roles), the North Bank, Western and lower river regions through a co-management approach to act as an additional buffer against climate-induced pressures in coastal areas. These mangroves will directly complement hard physical measures designed to project lowland rice growing and economic investment in coastal areas (fish landing sites, hotels)  and will be planned an implemented alongside these hard measures through participatory planning

Also, climate resilient wetland and fisheries management strategies (such as resilient fisheries and wetland management plans, custom rules for wetland access and exploitation, community monitoring of fisheries quotas,) will be introduced and transferred to vulnerable communities in at least 20 wards in the Lower ans Central Valleys.

Project Details

The project objective is to reduce Gambia’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and associated impacts of climate change by improving coastal defenses and enhancing adaptive capacities of coastal communities.

Thematic Area: 
Climate-Related Hazards Addressed: 
Level of Intervention: 
Key Collaborators: 
Primary Beneficiaries: 
Gambian coastal communities
Implementing Agencies & Partnering Organizations: 
Department of Agriculture, Government of Gambia
Department of Fisheries, Government of Gambia
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Project Status: 
Source of Funds Pipeline
Location: 
Rural
Funding Source: 
Financing Amount: 
$8,900,000
Co-Financing Total: 
$41,388,000

Key Results and Outputs

Outcome 1: Climate change vulnerability of development activities and investments in coastal areas reduced through the design and construction of coastal protection measures

This outcome will finance additional investments in hard and soft coastal protection measures to help maintain critical economic infrastructure, as well as key livelihood activities, in the face of sea level rise and coastal degradation.

Outcome 2: Rural livelihoods in the coastal zone enhanced and protected from the impacts of climate change through the demonstration and the transfer of successful coastal adaptation technologies and the introduction of economic diversification
This outcome will finance the demonstration and the transfer to communities Climate resilient wetland and fisheries management and planning methods

Reports and Publications

Project Brief / Fact Sheet

Contacts

UNDP
Henry Diouf
Regional Technical Advisor
UNDP
Almay Camara
CO Focal Point
  • Climate risk management capacity development programme for coastal areas designed and delivered for key national and local institutions and individuals to include: at least 50 technical staff drawn from national departments of fisheries, agriculture and planning; at least 200 fisheries and agricultural extension staff drawn from relevant regional agricultural directorates (Yundum, Kerawan, Jenoi), community fisheries centres (Kartong, Brufut, Tanji, Sanyang, Gunjur, Bakau) and planning departments.
  • Salinity resilient rice growing and horticulture technologies (desalinization, salt resistant seeds, techniques to reduce impacts of salt soils on crops, techniques to reclaim highly salted soils) are tested, introduced and disseminated to 1,500 rice growers and 300 horticulture producers at risk from climate change.
  • Climate resilient wetland and fisheries management and planning methods (resilient fisheries and wetland management plans, custom rules for wetland access and exploitation, community monitoring of fisheries quotas) introduced and transferred to at least 25 vulnerable communities (wards) at risk from climate change in the Lower and Central Valley areas.
  • Climate resilient alternative income generating activities (such as beekeeping, ecotourism, forest management, coastal defense installation and maintenance) are introduced to at least 15 vulnerable communities (wards) at risk from climate change in the Lower and Central Valley areas.