International Youths Forum on Climate Change

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Amie Ndow a member of Young Volunteers for the Environment YVE Gambia. She is currently in Benin attending an International Youths Forum on Climate Change organized by Oxfam International.

The objectives of the training is to come up with challenges that youths are currently facing in climate change and the possible solutions to this challenges.

The event is currently talking place in Benin from the 13th to the 14th November 2019.

Reported by

Amadou sowe program Assistant

Online TV talk show on lead in Paints by YVE GAMBIA in partnership with NEA

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this morning from 11 to 12pm, YVE GAMBIA In partnership with National Environment Agency(NEA) attended a TV talk show at Star TV in Serrekunda.

The objectives of the TV talk show was to popularize the coming event which is the International Lead Poisioning prevention Week of Action ILPPWA which is scheduled on the 23rd October 2019 from 9am to 13pm at NEA conference hall, and also learn the dangers, health effects, the risk and recommendations toward lead in Paints in the gambia.

The discussion was concluded by encouraging government stakeholders,  CSOs, Academia, Paints importers to work together towards the elimination of lead paints in the Gambia.

#YVEGAMBIA

#BanleadPaint

Reported by

Amadou sowe

Programs Assistant Officer YVE Gambia.

 

 

International Lead Poisioning prevention Week of Action(ILPPWA) committee meeting

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On the 8th of October 2019, the Young Volunteers for the Environment YVE Gambia together with the National Environment Agency (NEA) the Gambia Standard Bureau (TGSB)and the Ministry of health (MoH), have their first Committee meeting at the National Environment Agency office at Kanifing.

The objectives of the meeting was to come together, work together and discussed about the coming event which is the International Lead Poisioning prevention Week of Action (ILPPWA) which is scheduled on the 23rd October 2019 from 9am to 13pm at NEA conference hall.

#BanLeadPaint

#ILPPW2019

@UNEnvironment, @WHO, @EPA, @EPAallnations, @ToxicsFree

#BanLeadPaintGambia

Reported by

Amadou sowe program Assistant Officer YVE Gambia

YVE meeting with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Abuko Nature Reserve

Photo credit: Amadou Sowe/yve/220819/PARKSANDWHILDLIFEOFFICE/Abuko

On a separate mission on the same 22nd August 2019, representatives from the Young Volunteers for the Environment YVE Gambia further visited the Department of Parks and Wildlife at Abuko Nature Reserve to have a meeting with Mr. Kawsu Jammeh. The main purpose of the meeting was to form a possible partnership network the said institution.

During our arrival in the Nature Reserve, we were received by Mr. Kawsu Jammeh the Environmental and Education officer for Parks and Wildlife. Again, a short introduction of members was made and this was proceeded by a brief introduction of the organization(YVE Gambia) with it goals, mission, visions, objectives and focus areas such as climate change, Culture and Biodiversity, Energy etc. Joe further explained our reason for the visit which was based on establishing a possible partnership network between YVE Parks and Wildlife.

According to Kawsu Jammeh, he was very delighted hearings us talking about Environmental related issues such as climate change Biodiversity,  water sanitation etc. He then went further to introduced himself to us and also told us, their focus area which was mainly about Environmental related issues which YVE is already engage on and for that reason, he said, it will be a great thing to have a partnership network  with us. He advised us to write a partnership request directed to the Director and assured us his support in partnering with them.

He is also told us, he have an organisation called Sahel Wetland and Conservation which he Will want YVE to sign an MoU with.

He concluded by assuring us a possible partnership network between YVE and Parks and Wildlife.

Reported by

Amadou sowe program Assistant Officer YVE Gambia.

 

YVE Gambia pays a courtesy call to the National Coordinator of GEF

On the 22nd August 2019, the Young
Volunteers for the Environment(YVE Gambia) have a meeting with the National Coordinator of GEF at his office in kotu. The main purpose of the meeting was to familiarize YVE to him, and also to form a possible partnership between GEF and YVE in availing the organization to benefit from the GEF grant and membership.

Upon arriving, the National Coordinator of GEF Kebba Bojang gives YVE a warm welcoming remarks and this was followed by an individual introduction of YVE members. Joe Bongay, the Executive director of Young Volunteers for the Environment make a brief introduction of the organization to him, it’s mission, vision, objectives, focus areas, and how the organisation works. During his discussions, he told the National Coordinator of GEF that, YVE wants to establish a partnership relationship with his institution and will want to work with him in all areas especially went it comes to Environmental related issues such as climate change, Biodiversity Conservation, Energy, Chemicals among others through Advocacy, Research and Development and Policy influencing making.

Kabba Bojang, the National Coordinator of GEF welcome the ideas and thanks YVE members for such actions taken by them. He went further to tell us some of the activities his organization is engaged on such as Environmental related issues like climate change Biodiversity etc. During his discussion, he told us that, one of their objectives is to work with Youths organisation and it will be great to have YVE to become a member of the GEF family.

Joe Bongay the Executive director of YVE Gambia, concluded by thanking the National Coordinator of GEF for availing us the opportunity to have a such discussions with him.20190822_122337

Photo credit: Amadou Sowe/yve/220819/GEFOFFICE/kotu

Both institutions are looking forward to a fruitful working relationship and strengthening the CSO engagement in responding to the intervention areas in the Gambia.

Reported by

Amadou sowe program Assistant Officer YVE Gambia.

 

World Wide View on Climate and Energy Citizen Consultation-Saturday 6th June

On June 6th 2015, thousands of citizens in hundreds of countries around the world will take part in a transnational event: “World Wide Views on Climate and Energy”. World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is a global citizen consultation, providing unique information about citizens’ views on climate change, generally and in terms of how it has impacted them and what changes they would like to see.

Young Volunteers for the Environment Gambia is hosting “World Wide Views on Climate and Energy: Citizen Consultation” for the Gambia on Saturday June the 6th in Gambia College Hall.
On this day, 100 citizens (selected to reflect the demographic diversity in the Gambia) will attend the daylong meeting. All citizens will receive information about pros, cons and views on different climate and energy policies, targets and measures (both in advance and on that day) and the meeting will follow the same agenda and guidelines as meetings across the world in order to make the results comparable.

The objective of the event is to increase environmental awareness and to influence policy, bringing about environmental change. The national results will be presented to national policy-makers and a follow up and a dissemination process will be followed through media and consultation forums amongst others.
The global results will be presented at COP21and COP pre-meetings and the presentation of these results at PreCOP in June in Bonn, at the September Event, and at the October Session.