SEA LEVEL RISE IN THE GAMBIA (WEST AFRICA)
Sea level rise present serious long-term challenges to Gambia’s development. There is a consensus that climate change could result in to 1 meter rise in the sea level.
The Gambia is primarily low lying and a 1 meter rise could potentially inundate over 8% of the country’s land area. Experts predict that sea level rise of 1 meter will submerge close to 10 percent of the total land, including the capital city, hotels and built infrastructures.
The combined effects of sea-level rise and change in upstream river discharge, erosion of coastal embankment and changes to natural sediment dynamic, pose a serious threat to the natural resources base and livelihood opportunities of coastal and riverine communities. These threats if not treated, pose a more serious issue for the entire countries in West Africa.
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Annette Camara is the Team Leader for Afrigod in the Gambia and a full-time radio presenter and producer.
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