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A look at Global Unification the Gambia (GU)
November 10 2011
Global Unification the Gambia (GU) is a youth-led, community-based, research and development organisation, established 2006. In partnership with relevant institutions, our objective is to provide education, skills and strengthen the capacity of young people, groups working with youths and local communities to enable them participate effectively in sustainable development processes of The Gambia. We work with young people and local communities, supporting their efforts to move out of poverty, access quality health care services and adapt to the impact of climate change.
In 2008, we decided redirected more of our efforts towards creating awareness on environmental protection, sustainable management of forest resources, biodiversity conservation and climate change solutions geared to reducing the threats to livelihood security among local communities cause by the changing climate. As result in 2009, we developed a five year action plan that is dedicated to climate change education and creating pro-poor climate action projects. Under this strategy, we do sensitisation, trained traditional communicators, youth leaders, women cooperative societies on adaptation skills and support public access to climate change information. We lobby policy makers at national and international level for policy shift toward green economy, promote youth participation on discussion and decision on sustainable development issues in the country.
Some of our previous projects are climate talk; rethinking our future, a year radio advocacy program, National Stakeholders Workshop on community based adaptation, which was a platform to identify barriers to adaptation in the Gambia and proposed sustainable solution, Green School initiatives, which promote tree planting in schools, where we award prices to most green school. We also celebrate major international days such as world environment day, earth day, earth hour etc. Please visit this link for update list of past activities.
Our current projects are:
Planting Mangroves to reduce risk of coastal flooding
Improving the Adaptive Capacity of Coastal Communities to Climate Change through Education and Mangrove Planting: The aim of this project is to reduce to risk of coastal floods, salt intrusion on rice field, and destruction breeding ground for fish through planting, protection and propagation of mangroves plantations. The project is also geared toward transforming local people themselves into conservation advocates and environmental stewards.
Cross section of the students with Ms Fatoumatta posing with seal the deal poster just after planting
Eco Challenge 2011:
This project carried in theme: Creating a generation of climate ambassadors is a competition (essay, posters, drama and songs) on environment and climate change issues for secondary schools students. It is geared towards improving children's understanding of climate change, knowledge sharing and enhancing young people’s engagement on climate change action in the country.
For more information about our work, partnership options etc, please visit our website: www.globalunificationthegambia.org or contact the National Coordinator, Ebrima Dem, firstname.lastname@example.org