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toubab1020 Posted - 16 Aug 2017 : 15:21:19
I found this story from the Daily Observer excellent as it demonstrates the ability of Local structures to deal with NATIONAL problems at a local level by local administrations which local people respect,the worldwide problem of deforestation affecting the whole of the world by felling Hardwood trees which take many years to grow and are the lungs of the world.
Trees of the same species should be replaced by many new trees at the same time as the older trees are harvested.
There are many species of tree that grow quite quickly,pine for example.
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One Babucarr Khan a resident of Farrafenni Town in Upper Badibou District of North Bank Region (NBR) was on Saturday August 12, arraigned before the Nianija District Tribunal court for illegally cutting down 3 Mahogany trees without permit.

The case was presided over by Sheikh Dawda York the chief of Nianija District in Buduck village
The offence for which the accused Baboucarr Khan was charged revealed that on the 2nd of August, this year, he the accused entered the Chamen State forest without falling permit and cut down three Mahogany trees.
He was fined by the District Tribunal to pay six thousand dalasi in default will serve one year six months in prison with hard labour.
The presiding chief judge of the tribunal, the chief of Nianija, Sheikh Dawda York warned that whosoever enters the forest without permission and caught felling down trees will face full force of the law. He posited that the forests have been degraded through illegal activities.
He spoke extensively on the importance of the forest to lives. He called on the people of Nianija to protect the forest against illegal activities.
On his part, the regional forestry officer for CRR north, Pa Demba Sigi Jeng said the major causes of forest degradation is human induced illegal activities such as bushfires and logging. He stated that some estimate suggest that an average up to 70% of the forest are burnt annually, killing the regeneration retarding the growth of most tree species and transforming the tree collectively from mixed species to fire tolerant species. He said these factors have contributed collectively to poor soil fertility and declining crop yield over the years. He seized the opportunity and called on the people of the area to embark on tree planting exercise and nurture them.
“This is the only way forward to place the lost flora and fauna,” he told the tribunal. He hailed the district authorities for their efforts in the protection and control of the forest against destruction.



Lamin S.M. Jawo

https://observergm.com/nianija-district-tribunal-fines-illegal-logs-dealer/
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toubab1020 Posted - 25 Jan 2018 : 00:08:17
Another case in point:

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By Omar Wally

The district tribunal presided over by Kanimang Sanneh Chief of Jimara, has fined seven Senegalese and a Gambian a sum of D7000.00 each, after they pleaded guilty to illegal logging.

The eight were charged on two counts of felling trees without license and illegal importation of forestry products contrary to sections 27 and 4 respectively, of the Forestry Regulatory Act.

Police spokesperson Superintendent David Kujabi, said the men were arrested on December 16 2017, by police in Upper River Region, during a routine night patrol in Jimara.

‘The police chanced on them smuggling timber on horse and donkey carts.’ Kujabi said.

As part of the sentence, Kujabi added that the carts and timber logs were forfeited to the Forestry Department, while the donkeys and the horses were returned to the accused persons.

‘Felling and smuggling of timber across the border of Gambia and Senegal are a growing criminal activity in the regions of URR, CRR and LRR and police and other security forces are coordinating efforts in order to stem its rise.’



http://fatunetwork.net/eight-fined-illegal-logging/
toubab1020 Posted - 22 Nov 2017 : 17:59:44
OK The Daily Observer is no more but news has been archived:

Not North Bank this time,Local administration of Justice works,a District Tribunal in Wuli West dealt with another forestry related problem,I wonder if the following Alkalo managed to pass on his knowledge to Alh. Chokeh Jallow ?

" Mbemba Jabbie, Alkalo of Wulli Taibatou in the Upper River Region, described the forum as vital as it exposed them on how to solve problems within themselves without taking the matter to courts. “It also equipped us on issues such as marriages and land issues.”"

For Clarification of this quote: Please have a read of my posting of 24th August above,thanks.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The District Tribunal of Wuli West has found two men wanting for setting the bush on fire.

Nfally Touray and Baba Danbell, both residents of Barrow Kunda village in Wuli West District were sentenced to pay a fine of D4, 000 each in default to serve six months imprisonment after they were found guilty by tribunal authorities.

Similar fate befell another man who was also found guilt for burning charcoal in the bush without authorisation from district authorities. Bakary Cessay was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of D2, 500 in default to serve three months imprisonment.

The district head of Wuli West, Alh. Chokeh Jallow, in his ruling warned that the tribunal will not temper justice for anyone found guilty of such unwanted crimes and thus urged the people to desist from such acts.

Also speaking during the sitting of the tribunal, Sisawo Sabally, the assistant regional forestry officer in Upper River Region, raised his department’s concern over bushfires, saying it cause serious destruction to the forest cover.

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/wuli-district-tribunal-found-2-men-wanting-over-bushfire
toubab1020 Posted - 24 Aug 2017 : 12:01:45

Although this story relates to THE CHIEF the training of Alkalolu has been recognised they being the first stop for disputes and local problems such funding for such a programme from outside the Gambia has been put to good use,which is not always the case.
The Daily Observer once again has highlighted this matter.

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In a bid to foster more understanding on issues relating to customary law, the Access to Justice Project funded by the European Union recently concluded a training of trainers forum for 16 Alkalolu drawn from various regions across the country.


The five-day training was held at the Actionaid Conference Hall, along MDI Road, Kanifing.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Lawyer Neneh Cham revealed that out of the 1810 Alkalolu in the country, only 250 have been reached for sensitisation, saying there were a lot of them remaining which was why they selected 3 Alkalolu from each region.
The training, according to her, was aimed at exposing participants with the requisite and adequate knowledge through which they can conduct similar trainings for others.
She expressed hope that in the near future, they (consultants) would go back to their donor partners so that they could train more Alkalolu in the country.
Lawyer Cham also lauded the European Union for funding this important forum on Access to Justice and Customary Law.
Nccoletta Bortowzzi EURECNA, the project Manager, pointed out that she has been following the activity and the entire project, saying the initiative was a programme between the Government of The Gambia and the European Union and that they are financing a better access to justice.
She said the training for Alkalolu is one of the most innovative parts of the project, describing customary law as the fundamental pillar of justice delivery in The Gambia.
To this end, she underscored the crucial role of Alkalolu in their respective communities, acknowledging that they are the first port of call during conflicts in their communities.
Mbemba Jabbie, Alkalo of Wulli Taibatou in the Upper River Region, described the forum as vital as it exposed them on how to solve problems within themselves without taking the matter to courts. “It also equipped us on issues such as marriages and land issues.”
He promised that when they go back to their respective villages, they would now be in a better position to strengthen their efforts in settling disputes among people with the knowledge gained from the training.
Waa Ceesay, the Alkalo of Jarreng Village in Niamina East District and Olimatou Colley an Alkalo, all expressed similar sentiments.
Colley described the training as timely, owing it to the fact that she used to have difficulties when dealing with issues like customary laws, but with the knowledge she gained from the Access to Justice programme, she can now better handle those issues as expected.
by Fatou Sowe


https://observergm.com/16-alkalolu-trained-on-customary-law/





quote:
Originally posted by toubab1020

I found this story from the Daily Observer excellent as it demonstrates the ability of Local structures to deal with NATIONAL problems at a local level by local administrations which local people respect,the worldwide problem of deforestation affecting the whole of the world by felling Hardwood trees which take many years to grow and are the lungs of the world.
Trees of the same species should be replaced by many new trees at the same time as the older trees are harvested.
There are many species of tree that grow quite quickly,pine for example.
=======================================================================

One Babucarr Khan a resident of Farrafenni Town in Upper Badibou District of North Bank Region (NBR) was on Saturday August 12, arraigned before the Nianija District Tribunal court for illegally cutting down 3 Mahogany trees without permit.

The case was presided over by Sheikh Dawda York the chief of Nianija District in Buduck village
The offence for which the accused Baboucarr Khan was charged revealed that on the 2nd of August, this year, he the accused entered the Chamen State forest without falling permit and cut down three Mahogany trees.





Lamin S.M. Jawo

https://observergm.com/nianija-district-tribunal-fines-illegal-logs-dealer/

toubab1020 Posted - 16 Aug 2017 : 15:28:20
Not to be left out of the LOCAL administrations efforts the NATIONAL administration has said this:
(Also reported in a level way by The Daily Observer )
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The Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources has called for massive reforestation programmes in a bid to reverse the current trend of forest depletion.
He thus appealed to all Gambians to embrace the reforestation initiatives so as to restore the country’s fast depleting forest cover.
Lamin B. Dibba was speaking recently during activities marking National Tree Planting exercise held at Bijilo Forestry Park.

He outlined that the huge areas of degraded forest are due to a combination of factors, including frequent bushfire, illegal cutting of trees and droughts among a host of others.
“The rate of lost trees and their diversity in the country as revealed by the National Forest Assessment (NFA) of 2009 and2 010 has been quite alarming and has been a concern to all nature lovers. Therefore, to mitigate this situation, massive replacements are necessary, thus the national tree planting exercise is a respond to this demand,”he added.
Minister Dibba thus implored on communities to further embrace the participatory forest management approach initiated by the Department of Forestry so that more forest resources are managed in a sustainable manner.
The director of forestry, Muhamned Jaiteh underscored the importance of the exercise, further calling on communities to play a crucial role in protecting the planted trees.
“It is important to remind everyone that tree planting is one thing but the most important is to take good care for the planted seedlings to ensure their survival by protecting them against fires, animals and all other forms of destruction, particularly during the period of the dry season” he added.
Lamin Jawara, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Environment Climate Change and Natural Resources, commended the participants for the move, acknowledging that sustainable development cannot happen in the absence of a well preserve and protected environment.



by Alhagie Babou Jallow

https://observergm.com/environment-minister-calls-for-more-reforestation-initiatives/

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