WasteAid receives EU funding for climate resilience in The Gambia
WasteAid, the UK-based international NGO that shares expertise in waste management and recycling around the world, has received € 100,000 from the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative (GCCA +), funded by the European Union, to provide a climate resilient coastal and marine environment. zone project for The Gambia.
The 12-month project will see WasteAid working in partnership with Kanifing City Council to set up food waste collection from markets and transport materials to women’s gardens. Here, WasteAid’s long-term local partner, Women’s Initiative The Gambia, will train women gardeners to make compost, biochar and charcoal briquettes.
Kanifing City Council Mayor Bensouda said: “Creating new pathways for sustainable resource management will accelerate progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By diverting biodegradable waste from the Bakoteh landfill and using it to improve agricultural practices, this project will contribute to a green economy and provide inclusive opportunities, especially for women.
Ceris Turner-Bailes, CEO of WasteAid, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Kanifing City Council to help recover organic waste and turn it into useful products. This project will contribute to a circular bioeconomy and support the livelihoods of women micro-entrepreneurs in the greater Banjul region. This exciting project builds on the previous work of WasteAid in The Gambia and will contribute to the country’s green recovery.
Waste management has become a concern for communities living in the coastal zone. This situation is aggravated by the increasing socio-economic and demographic pressure on the coastal area of The Gambia. As a result, poor waste disposal practices have become a threat to public and environmental health.
By diverting biodegradable waste from the Bakoteh landfill and using it to improve agricultural practices, this project will contribute to a green economy and provide inclusive opportunities, especially for women.
Improving waste management is a priority for Kanifing City Council and in 2019 deployed the country’s first household waste collection service. WasteAid undertook the first waste composition analysis in The Gambia in 2015 and has since delivered projects funded by UK Aid and corporate donors, creating livelihood opportunities in vulnerable communities by recovering the value of waste.
This new project, led by WasteAid with funding from the European Union, will reduce pressure on the main city’s landfill by collecting food waste from markets and transferring it to the Women’s Gardens, where the community organization and partner of Long-running WasteAid, Women’s Initiative The Gambia will train gardeners in making compost, biochar and charcoal briquettes.
Angela McDermott, Head of Programs and Impact, WasteAid, added, “This project will educate and educate market vendors, residents and women gardeners about the value of biodegradable waste. By making soil amendments and sustainable cooking fuel, women gardeners will benefit from improved livelihoods, while protecting climate-vulnerable soils and reducing pressure on local forests for firewood.
Composting food waste will bring nutrients back to the soil and improve water retention, and biochar production is an emerging approach as an impactful approach to carbon sequestration. Charcoal briquettes, made from wood waste, including peanut (peanut) and coconut shells, provide a sustainable, low-smoke cooking alternative to wood and charcoal sourced from the fragile forest of Casamance.
The project will accelerate progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, creating jobs in the green economy, preserving natural resources, recycling waste and improving public health.