Gambia - Our livelihood depends on how we protect the biodiversity

Senior conservation and wildlife officer says Gambia's biological resources are vital to the populations’ economic and social development with recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations.

Sadly, he reiterated that most of the indigenous tree and animal spices within the ecosystem family have been seriously threatened with extinction caused by human activities that still continue at an alarming rate.

Nuha Jammeh of the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management deliberated that senseless clearing of the forest vegetation cover and areas serving as homes to many species further increase the problems as habitats for biodiversity members including micro-organisms are being destroyed.

Jammeh made the statement during a regional radio sensitization phone in programme marking this year`s World Environment Day commemoration. The day is observed on June 5th every year to promote awareness on the importance of preserving our biodiversity, the need to identify problems related to the environment and ways to take corrective action and to tackle environmental challenges that include climate change, global warming, disasters and conflicts, harmful substances, environmental governance, ecosystem management, resource efficiency among other environmental protection measures.

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