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Project Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) and Wetlands International Africa (WIA) have completed a few days mission in April in The Gambia and in Guinea-Bissau. This field visit was conducted by a team of WIA. She toured the villages of Sandeng and Bondali Tenda (Gambia),  Cubampor, Campada Maria,  Atanque and Antotinha (Guinea-Bissau). Several activities were held in the different localities of the West African sub-region. This is training in microcredit for women, strengthening the activities of gardening by granting work materials and mangrove restoration.


In the area of Fogni in The Gambia, in addition to training, the village of Sandeng has received a water pump designed to help women who have been investing for years in the gardening. Here, women have a maraicher perimeter but the biggest obstacle is access to water. '' The wells we have in this garden are not well endowed with precious liquid. We are obliged us men to get up at 5am to tap and water plants to help our brave ladies. You see the water deficit'' laments the field manager. Also the mission has offered a water pump to the village of Bondali Tenda . But there, the water is flowing unlike Sandeng. Better, the women's group has received equipment for the production of solar salt.
Women in Guinea-Bissau were also trained in microcredit. In addition, they were equipped with production equipment solar salt. This is the case of villages such as Antotinha, Atanque and Campada Maria (Department of Sào Domingos) while Cubampor  has received a rice mill and oyster equipment. '' It's a big thorn that CCLME and Wetlands International  Africa come out of the foot. This mill is timely. It will revolutionize our lives. At all times, we are used to shell rice with our hands. We are very happy and thank the partners'' said the village. They added that '' last year people in the village have almost missed perishiing in the river, their boat capsized while carrying ten bags of rice husking in Cacheu. Accordingly, we have lost the production ‘’.’’ Now we will save time and devote ourselves to other spots'' said Ms. Teresa Mendes, President of the Management Committee of the group of Cubampor’s women.
At the end of training sessions held in The Gambia and in Guinea-Bissau, management committees of funds that will be implemented have been created and an allocation defined. Thus a percentage for equipment maintenance, another motivation of personnel management, dedicated to development of the village and a percentage for the financing of mangrove reforestation part.
Reforestation activities are planned during the rainy season (July to September) in The Gambia and in Guinea-Bissau.
Project  Canary  Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) and Wetlands International Africa (WIA) are working in these two countries as part of an alliance with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in partnership with governmental structures.
By Pape Diomaye THIARE
Communications Officer and Media Coordinator
Wetlands International Africa

Communications and Media Coordinator

Wetlands International Africa

Phone: +221 33 869 16 81


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