YVE takes CLENA project to communities in CRR
Young Volunteers for the Environment (YVE-The Gambia) in collaboration with the Social and Environmental Society (SES CLUB) of The Gambia College Friday embarked on a community outreach in Janjanbureh, Wassu and Kuntaur.
The September 5, 2014 initiative was designed to discuss the expansion of the CLENA (Clean Energy for Africa) Project with the authorities in Janjanbureh and Kuntaur Area councils, to network and to strengthen partnership with stakeholders.
The event, held in the Central River Region (CRR) brought together senior government officials, community leaders, students, youths and women groups.
Fafading Katitiri Kinteh, the Regional Environmental Officer, National Environment Agency (NEA), said targeting stakeholders like the security forces, communities, school-going children, ward councilors and other local authorities is very crucial.
While commending YVE efforts in ensuring a sustainable environment, Mr. Kinteh said his office will do everything possible to work with the environmental organisation.
He said waste management is a concern and that one of the oldest boarding schools [in the country, Armitage High) is facing a waste management problem.
Kinteh said he hope YVE can play a crucial role in helping to minimize poor waste management and other environmental problems in the region.
Sheikh Alkinky Sanyang, Assistant Programme Officer NEA, warned against the dangers posed by use of plastic bags or containers.
“They contain some poisonous chemicals which are harmful to our health and the environment,” he said.
The Lady Councilor of Wassu promised to collaborate with her people and the neighboring communities for a massive participation in the CLENA project, which she discribed as a sustainable development initiative.
Demba Kandeh, Communication Officer of YVE-The Gambia, said the project is aimed at providing clean energy and sustainable environment in the country.
“It will be expanded to all the regions,” he said. “We are glad to actualize our project within your communities and hope for the participation of the young people in conserving, preserving and protecting the environment.”
Mr. Kandeh said through the project participants will learn to adopt the best management practices for a healthy environment. “Environmental challenges can be addressed if we change our attitudes.’’
He said young people can change the present mindset of people around the world to conserve the fragile ecosystem and different mode of lives on earth.
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