The Gambia has been working to formulate a comprehensive transformational national adaptation plan (NAP), led by the Department of Water under the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources. In 2007, the country submitted its National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), which considered short- to medium-term needs and identified gaps and vulnerabilities. The Gambia’s Nationally Determined Contribution
(NDC) to the UNFCCC in 2015 contains a section on adaptation but the document specifies that a comprehensive adaptation investment plan would be developed separately. In 2018, the large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) project funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and supported by UN Environment, was launched in The Gambia, spearheading major efforts at conservation, sustainable utilisation of resources, and development of rural enterprises.
NAP-Ag activities in The Gambia will focus on; (1) strengthening individual and institutional coordination and capacities on hydroclimate information and gender-sensitive NAP process for agricultural sectors; (2) updating and mobilizing resources for the NAP roadmap, including sensitizating climate-sensitive budgeting and reviewing and updating the Agriculture and Natural Resources policy and The Gambia National Agriculture Investment Plan; (3) improving evidence-based results for NAPs through training on cost-benefit analysis and monitoring and evaluation of gender-sensitive adaptation options in agricultural sectors; and (4) outreach, knowledge-sharing and advocacy on NAPs.
Launch of NAP-Ag in The Gambia (2018)
The NAP-Ag programme was officially launched in The Gambia in March 2018, in the presence of the Ministers of Agriculture and the Environment, FAO and UNDP country representatives, as well as key stakeholders in environment, water resources, planning, finance, women’s organisations, civil society organisations, and the agricultural sectors.
Gender mainstreaming (2018)
A workshop was organized to strengthen the capacity of technical staff and decision makers to mainstream gender into agriculture and climate change policies and strategies, as well as the national development plan in The Gambia. More
Skills, capacities and institutional assessments (2018)
To identify challenges and opportunities, the Programme is conducting these assessments to establish a baseline for the upcoming Programme’s activities.