By: Haruna Kuyateh
Action Against Poverty (APP) a Community Based Organisation (CBO) has launched 12 environmental projects dubbed Mangroves Restoration Project on Kunjo to Challastream and economic income of women empowerment to mitigate the effect of climate change.
Funded by Global Environment Facility GEF the project was launched on Saturday in Challa village of Sabach Sanjal district of North Bank Region by chief representative Biram Bouy of Sabach Sanjal and was attended by beneficiaries and stakeholders.
Ali Gaye, National Coordinator of Action Against Hunger said the project aimed at empowering the communities to take the lead in the restoration of depleted mangroves cover along the stream and building capacity for entrepreneurship.
He noted that the objective is to contribute to the restoration of the ecosystem in Kunjo and Challa streams and the target is to plant 6000 mangroves 600 native trees entrepreneurship development and beekeeping.
Gaye stated that his organisation attaches great importance to working on environmental protection, noting that the restoration of depleted mangroves called for a concerted effort on the attainment of sustainable natural resources.
He described the intervention of the organization as strengthening community resilience through joint action toward the restoration and transformation of the environment.
Alhagie Gai Alkalo, Challa commended Action Against Hunger and donor partner for the restoration of mangroves and forest adding the mangrove’s marine resources would benefit the inhabitants.
Alpha Sey, lead trainer and consultant noted that the project aimed to reach out to communities to think inwards of utilisinglocal resources to combat poverty reduction. He said the restoration of mangrove propagules and planting of trees in the environment would obviously contribute to the restoration of lost forest cover. The beneficiaries include Kunjo, Sankalang, Challa, Numu Kunda, and Yallal Ba.