By Samba Jawo
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday handed over equipment and other logistics worth US$ 3million to the Department of Water Resource through the Ministry of Environment.
The equipment, which includes two boats, vehicles and IT equipment, is meant for the Early Warning Phase II Project. The deputy UNDP Resident Representative presented them to The Gambia during a presentation ceremony held at the Department of Water Resources in Banjul.
According to officials, these items are for use by various Divisions as part of the strengthening climate change services and early warning systems in The Gambia for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change-2nd phase of the GOTG/GEF/UNEP LDCF NAPA Early Warning Project.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Hon. Pa Ousman Jarju expressed appreciation to the UNDP, GEF, and UNEP not only for their current assistance but also for the support that they have always provided to our country over the years.
He told the gathering that UNDP is supporting the implementation of activities under Outcome 2. According to him, the support by UNDP is to ensure that a Hydro-meteorological infrastructure is upgraded or installed and maintained covering the full needs for ‘optimal performance of EWS’ as identified by recent needs assessment reports in The Gambia. “The UNDP support would also cover the project management cost of the midterm and final evaluation to the tune of US$3 million,”
The boats handed over today, Minister Jarju averred would go a long way in assisting the Hydrology and Water Quality Divisions under DWR to better monitor the quality and quantity of water available in the River Gambia and its tributaries. He added that the boats would enable the monitoring of the movement of the saline front in the River Gambia.
He revealed that as part of the UNDP component under this project, a new hydrological station would be constructed in Bansang with accommodation and office to house the Hydrology Division of the Department of Water Resources. He further revealed that the vehicle and some other equipment would be stationed at the new station in Bansang to provide mobility and IT support for the technical staff, and enable them carry out duties.
“One of the problems that this project seeks to address is that rural populations and major settlements in the rural areas are severely exposed to climate variability, extreme climate events and erratic rainfall regimes.”
He further challenged the DWR to make best use of the opportunity provided by government and provide accurate and reliable climate information and hydrological services because government together with its development partners have provided the tools and means to carry out their duties and in turn, they expect to reciprocate in generating and disseminating accurate early warning information.
For his part, Fernando Abaga Edjang, the deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP expressed delight for the partnership between the UNDP and The Gambia Government without which, he added, this would not have been achieved. “This intervention will not be the end of our partnership because the project is going up to 2018,” he stated.
Gambia: UNDP Donates Equipment Worth U.S.$3 Million to Water Resources
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