The Gambia's biological resources are vital to the population’s economic and social development. As a result, there is a growing recognition in the Gambia that, biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems has never been as great as it is today. Species extinction caused by human activities continues at an alarming rate. Recognizing the need to conserve its biological resources, the Government of the Gambia has made a commitment to conserve at least 5% of terrestrial and inland water, and 10% of coastal and marine areas through systems of protected areas. Although in-situ conservation must be the first priority, the protected area network alone will not be sufficient to secure all of Gambia’s biodiversity for future generations.
THE NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN (2015 – 2020)
Governance of protected areas