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Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 Senegal/The Gambia News (13)
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News from JUST ACT, partner organization of NFI in the Landscape of the Year 

NFI has reported on its partner organization in TheGambia (JUST ACT - Janjanbureh Uniting Sustainable Tourism And Community Training) on several occasions, most recently on the blog about the Friends of Nature journey "Tour d'horizon" in January 2018 (interview with the organization's director, Omar Jammeh, in English, German and French ---> ) and in the Info-Mail Science (German).
 
These reports concerned the work of JUST ACT in the field of sustainable tourism. This is currently taking place within the framework of the "The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project" (2017 - 2021), funded by the EU and the ITC (International Trade Centre), to “boost job creation and support long-term economic sustainability for the Gambia”. 
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Landscape of the Year 2018-2019 Senegal/Gambia News (12)
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The Women’s Initiative The Gambia in Njaw
During their travels to African countries, Naturefriends are especially interested in the role of women and visit exceptional women’s projects. For the “Tour d’Horizon” in January 2018, the participants got the chance to get to know a fantastic women’s association. Arlette Orry wrote an article about the visit for the current newsletter of Naturefriends France. The editors and Arlette gave us permission to print her text here:

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Landscape of the Year 2018-2019 Senegal/Gambia News (11)
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Landscape of the year Senegal/The Gambia  - Moving ahead at full speed
After the amazing opening event with 800 participants from 11 countries, motivation and expectations in the region are high. Therefore, it’s important to continue with the next steps in order to contribute to a sustainable development of the region. Tree plantings in selected villages – initiated by African and European Naturefriends together with local people – will stay at the focus of the activities.

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Landscape of the Year 2018-2019 Senegal/Gambia News (10)
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© Michael Leutgeb

Naturfriends go hiking in the Landscape of the Year
On the occasion of the "Tour d'Horizon", which was carried out very successfully in January 2018, opportunities were also explored to hike in the Landscape of the Year. Well suited for this is the Kunkilling Forest Park in The Gambia, located on the south bank of the Gambia River, about 5 km upstream from the district capital Janjanbureh.

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Landscape of the Year 2018-2019 Senegal/Gambia News (9)
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© Doris Banspach

Trees for the future
One of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the new Landscape of the Year was the fruit tree planting in three villages, done by African and European Naturefriends together with the local community. 

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