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In this national, cross-sectoral document, the Gambia lays out its 2050 Climate Vision, a long term vision to provide guidance and stability, in the form of a roadmap for national efforts, that will inform the many short and medium term actions (policy initiatives and programme interventions) already taken by the Country to formulate long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies, and climate resilient development strategies, in accordance with the Paris Agreement providing for all Parties.
The overall vision of the document is for the Gambia to become, by 2050, a climate-resilient, middle-income country through green economic growth supporting sustainable, low emissions development, contributing its fair share to global efforts to address climate change.
The vision's main objectives are: 1. to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with enhanced adaptive capacities and resilience, and to address climate change through vigorous public agency, with the full engagement of citizens; 2. to act with a sense of urgency recognizing the extraordinary challenges that the Country faces due to the impacts of climate change; 3. to transform the Gambia into an environmentally conscious country, educated to sustainable development and management of natural resources, cities and habitats.
To achieve the vision, the Gambia has prioritized and organized its policy commitments and actions in four strategic and integrated focus areas.
1. In order to obtain climate-resilient food and landscapes taking into account agriculture, food security, forestry and natural resources (including water, biodiversity and wildlife), the Gambia aims: a. to build sustainable food systems through agricultural innovations for food production, storage and processing, as well as agroecology, supporting smallholder women farmers, and promoting social protection for climate-induced impacts on small-scale food producers; b) to manage and protect forests, waters, wildlife, wetlands and biodiversity by implementing a robust national forest monitoring system with a focus on restoring and increasing carbon sink ecosystems; c) to implement climate-smart and conservation agriculture, enhanced for food security and nutrition, with value addition and exports in place; d) to promote environmentally friendly agriculture production, technology and inputs; e) to develop more robust and sustainable land conversion processes; f) to protect and promote flora and fauna, with an increase in the number and diversity by 2050.
2. So as to obtain a low emissions and resilient economy involving the energy, transport, infrastructure and the key economic sectors of tourism and financial services, the vision provides for the Gambia: a) to commit to introducing efficient, green, renewable and sustainable energy sources to power the economy; b) to seek to create a modern, green/clean and efficient transport system; c) to endeavour to introduce modern solid waste and waste-management systems; d) to enhance ICT infrastructure and services for increased access to quality broadband services and solutions for inclusive and sustainable development; e) to promote innovation and encourage ambitious action at all levels of the economy through the development and implementation of sound climate policies and effective economic mechanisms, including international carbon pricing that will accelerate the transition to the low-carbon economy.
3. To educate climate-resilient people, the vision promotes actions aimed at the valorisation of human resources through a focus on health, education, equitable social development and human settlements.
4. In order to manage the coasts in a changing environment the vision envisages a Gambia where the coasts are well protected from the impacts of climate-triggered coastal degradation, flooding and salination, and where the livelihoods of populations are secured; where coastal and riverine ecosystems, including fisheries, mangroves and other habitats flourish and the erosion of biodiversity is sustainably reversed; where ecotourism flourishes, supported by strong public-private partnerships.
The Gambia 2050 Climate Vision.
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