REPORT ON THE INCEPTION WORKSHOP ON THE STRENGTHENING OF THE GAMBIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE
EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS PROJECT
The Government of The Gambia obtained funding from the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) for a Medium-Sized Project (MSP) to implement one of the ten priority adaptation programmes identified as urgent in both the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) and the First National Communication (FNC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The Gambia is highly vulnerable to climate change and variability, which is exacerbated by a low capacity to address and adapt to the phenomenon. A major barrier that limits its capacity to address and adapt to climate change is the inability to effectively predict climate change events, assess potential impacts and deliver short term alerts or longer term warnings and advices.
The objective of this LDCF project is therefore to enhance adaptive capacity and reduce vulnerability to climate change through a strengthened early warning and information sharing mechanism for a better informed decision making by government and affected population.
To launch the project an inception workshop was convened at the Paradise Suites Hotel on the 27th October 2011 to which the various stake holders were invited to apprise them of the project and seek their views on the project content.
The programme of the workshop (attached as Annex 1) comprised an opening session, technical presentations on the project and adaptation financing, followed by a general discussion. A working group session followed for more in-depth review of the key components of the project.
The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Director of the Department of Water Resources, Mr. Bernard Gomez, deputizing for the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters (MOFWRNAM) and the Hon. Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters’ opening statement was delivered by the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Fatou Sosseh-Jallow.
The workshop was attended by representatives of government departments, NGOs, private sector etc. A list of participants is provided in Annex 2.
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