Gambia: NEA Exposes Lawmakers to Environmental Health Issues
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Gambia: NEA Exposes Lawmakers to Environmental Health Issues

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) on Saturday 10th December, 2022 convened a capacity building forum on issues relating to environmental health for National Assembly Select Committee on Environment and chairpersons of various select committees of the parliament.

The training held at NaNA, was aimed at enhancing the capacity of lawmakers, especially the select committees on Environment.

It was also designed to expose and enhance their understanding of the various environmental Acts and Regulations.

The exercise, officials believe, would help the participants greatly in making informed decisions and for them to expedite ratification of pending draft bills when it is tabled before them.

Established by Section 9 of NEMA 1994 Act, NEA is the principal body responsible for the coordination of environmental management in the country.

Representing the Executive Director of Agency, Jagga Touray, director of inter-sectoral service at NEA, reminded that environmental degradation is a major concern that continues to threaten ‘our future development endeavors’.

The impacts, he added, are evident in all aspects including health, livelihoods and local development initiatives.

“Recent problems associated with land degradation, biodiversity loss and other climate change related impacts including flash floods and coastal erosion are felt by everyone. And this phenomenon is expected to get even worse with the rapid population growth and increasing urbanisation.” he noted.