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Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 Senegal/The Gambia: Stakeholder meeting in Koungheul, Senegal

From 21 to 23 July 2017, a stakeholder workshop was held in Koungheul in preparation of the Landscape of the Year (LoY) 2018/2019 Senegal/The Gambia. The meeting was attended by about 20 participants from the villages participating, ranging from village chiefs to members of the local LoY-committee through the representative of the Ministry of the Environment, the head of the local forestry authority and the press.

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The external participants were the Gambian partner, the representative of ASAN (Senegalese Naturefriends) and Mamadou Mbodji, national coordinator of the LoY, Vice-President of Naturefriends International (NFI) and President of the African Naturefriends Network RAFAN. The meeting was intended as an occasion for exchanging and sharing information about the concept of the LoY, but was also an opportunity for the local committee to acquire new skills for a more efficient work.

After the opening of the meeting by the 1st Deputy Mayor of Koungheul, who is also president of the Naturefriends of Koungheul, the National Coordinator revisited the history of Naturefriends at three levels: Senegalese, African and international. He recalled that this LoY is unique in all respects because for the first time since the launch of the project in 1989, it will be organised on behalf of Africa in the Senegalo-Gambian region and specifically in Koungheul and Janjanbureh. This is a great opportunity to strengthen the dialogue between the two countries as well as between both countries and the rest of the world.

Participants in the workshop formally committed themselves to the process of implementing this activity of the NFI seeking to highlight a cross-border region which, despite its cultural richness and the attractiveness of its biodiversity, remains heavily attacked by negative impacts of climate change.
Following in-depth and constructive discussions, an organising committee, with specialised sub-committees, was set up. It is responsible for presenting an action plan with concrete proposals that will serve as a roadmap, including the organisation of the official opening of the LoY on 13 January 2018 in Koumbidia Socé.
The chief of the village, after expressing his pride in hosting such an event, promised to spare no effort for a successful organization.



 
 
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