The Gambian National Environment Agency (NEA) on Wednesday said the country will benefit from a 1.8-million-U.S.-dollar grant from the Global Environment Fund (GEF) to promote renewable energy in the West African country.

Omar Bah, a senior program officer with NEA, said the project will be implemented by the government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

He said the grant is aimed at promoting renewable base mini-grids for productive uses in the country’s rural areas.

According to him, achieving solutions to environmental problems such as global warming requires long-term potential actions for sustainable development.

“Consulting with communities regarding the impacts, alternatives, social risks and growing stakeholder involvement associated with access to renewable energy can enhance opportunities for providing relevant input at national level,” he said.

The Gambia is a country that highly depends on firewood and charcoal, which has been causing the environmental degradation across the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/