Sub-regional training workshop emphasizes need for proper management, sustainable use of environment in Africa

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The week-long sub regional training workshop on strategic environmental assessment to broaden the understanding of high level decision makers on the use of strategic environment assessment as a tool to promote sustainable development in the sub-region has been opened here in the capital of Gambia, with participants stressing the need for proper management, sustainable use of environment in Africa.

Speaking at the workshop which was opened on Monday, Deputy United Nation Development Program (UNDP) Representative in Gambia Madam Limya Eltayeb said that Africa region faces several challenges such as resource constraints as well as inadequate capacity at the policy, planning, strategic and programmatic levels in the efforts to tackle environment related problems.

The workshop was organized by the National Environment Agency of the Gambia in collaboration with the World Wide Fund ,UNDP and the Netherlands Commission on Environmental Assessment.

The UNDP envoy said there is growing concern that environmental degradation due to inappropriate policy decisions and other anthropogenic factors is a significant problem globally.

"The increasing rate of degradation around the world, including in West Africa, tells us that the approaches we have adopted are simply not adequate to halt the current momentum of loss of natural resources."

She said that in Gambia the rapid population growth rate of 2. 8 percent per annum in 2003 census with its growing demand for food and other services has led to increasing pressure on natural resources and has had serious environmental consequences, like many countries in the continent.
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