Targeted capacity building session in The Gambia

Event date: 
29 October 2020

Workshop on Earth Observation supporting Disaster Risk Reduction in Greater Banjul aimed to the World Bank DRM team of The Gambia and other DRM World Bank practitioners in Africa.

On 29th October 2020, EO4SD-DRR cluster presented the results of the services provided for Greater Banjul to the stakeholders involved in the initiative. The event was a virtual session, designated by the cluster as a Broad Scope Session and with the general objective of providing an overview of what has been done and light hints on the methodologies applied.

More than 20 participants from the World Bank and with responsibilities in Disaster Risk Management in Africa attended the event.

The specific aims of this session were to provide a comprehensive understanding of the hazards (subsidence and coastal flooding) and exposed assets in the Banjul area. Along with the service outcomes, the DRR team reinforced some key messages about Earth Observation advantages and limitations and the need of certified methods when implementing civil engineering works.

This targeted action, devoted to World Bank practitioners, will be followed by training sessions aimed to final users in The Gambia: the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), the National Environmental Agency, the Department of Physical Planning, the Bureau of Statistics and the Ministries of Environment, Finance and Transport among others. Moreover, local users (Kanifing Municipal Council, Banjul City Council and Brikama Area Council) and international organizations (e.g. UNOPS, AfDB, EU delegation representatives) will also be involved.