Monday, August 13, 2012

Banjul risks sinking as sea level rises via the Daily Observer (Gambia): Banjul is at risk of going under water as sea levels rise by one meter as a result of climate change and other environmental ramifications, the minister of works, constructions and infrastructures, Francis Leity Mboge warned Thursday.

Minister Mboge said, with a one meter sea level rise not only settlements risk being eroded, but also 60 percent of mangrove forest, 33 percent of swampy areas and 20 percent of rice fields will be lost on a national scale. "As a result, this will lead to a decrease in rice production and impede the objectives of the one of the country's blueprint that targets 70, 000 metric tons of rice on yearly basis," Minister Mboge said during his address at the start of a workshop on enhancing resilience for vulnerable coastal areas and communities to climate change in The Gambia, organised by the United Nations Development Programme in Banjul.

The project is intended to help mitigate the country's vulnerability to climate change by improving coastal defenses and enhancing adaptive capacities of coastal communities given Gambia's situation as one of the most vulnerable countries in Africa to the impacts of environmental adversities....

SPOT satellite image of Banjul, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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