FAO, Sida, ECOWAS steering committee seek advanced forest conservation in West Africa


Banjul, The Gambia - May 7, 2024. The annual Steering Committee Meeting on the Global Forest Transformation for People and Climate project, Tuesday convened in Banjul as part of collaborative efforts
between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to promote forest conservation initiatives and climate resilience in the subregion.

This event holds significant importance given the urgent need to address the escalating challenges facing West Africa's forests. With deforestation rates rising and climate change impacts worsening, the collaborative efforts of Sida, FAO, and ECOWAS are crucial. This meeting emphasizes the need for coordinated action to safeguard the region's invaluable forest ecosystems by convening stakeholders to review progress and plan future strategies.

The Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Rohey John Manjang, delivered a keynote address, affirming the government's unwavering dedication to sustainable forest management and biodiversity conversation commitment to sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Minister Manjang emphasized, "Deforestation and land degradation are a major environmental problem. However,
through sustainable forest management efforts, we can improve the productivity of our agricultural land and thereby enhance food security of
local communities and the attainment of the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP). "