‘Poor waste management’ a burning issue in WCR
As far as the West Coast Region (WRC) of the Gambia is concerned, poor waste management has been a burning issue in the region.
This was confirmed by our reporter at the closing of the National Disaster Management Agency’s (NDMA) regional consultation on local risk zoning to develop local risk hazards and adaptation data collection guidance, held at the governor’s office, supported by the UNDP .
According to the 20 participants from cross-cutting sectors, different types of disaster and risks affect the region, but management of waste (plastic bags & open defecation, in particular) is an extensive concern.
They noted that there are uncountable numbers of illegal dumpsites across the region, noting that it can lead to outbreak of human and animal diseases, water pollution and poor sanitation and hygiene.
Highlighting some of the disaster and risks affecting the region, the participants cited flood, which they said is as a result of poor settlement and inadequate drainage system.
Noting that traffic accidents and domestic fire is an order of the day, they also cited deforestation, drug abuse, etc. “The region is experiencing illegal migration, baby abandonment, domestic violence and land dispute,” the participants noted.
The further recommended the National Disaster Management Agency to come up with more sensitisation programmes in which young people will be fully involved.
Strengthening of key partners in the district, village and community level was also spotted out.