‘Pace of Climate Change More Rapid Than Plants Can Migrate’
Friday, December 23, 2011
Mr Momodou Sarr, executive director of National Environment Agency (NEA) said, a changing global climate threatens species and ecosystems. He said, because the distribution of species known as biogeography is determined by climate, climate change can shift this distribution. And for a number of reasons, he added, plants and animals may not be able to adjust that quickly. “The pace of climate change almost certainly will be more rapid than most plants are able to migrate,” said the NEA boss. The head of The Gambia’s environmental watchdog was speaking Monday at the opening ceremony of PARCC West Africa national inception workshop held at Baobab hotel. PARCC West Africa, officially known as ‘Evolution of Protected Area Systems with Regard to Climate Change’ in West Africa is a full-size GEF project focusing on the issues of climate change and protected areas. UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is the executing agency and the project, which runs from 2011 to 2015 covers 5 pilot countries in West Africa: Chad, Gambia, Mali Sierra Leone, and Togo. The three-day event that wrapped up Wednesday brought together participants in environment-related works. As in other countries, the workshop reviewed the country’s data situation in order to design a national data collection action plan. And without such initiatives, according to Sarr, the danger of permanently losing important species in the country’s protected areas would become very imminent.
Author: Mandu Sanneh