statement made by the then President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara (DK) in
1977, aimed at calling attention to the need to protect The Gambia’s
quickly vanishing flora and fauna.
Darwin Field Station For Biodiversity
is a sobering reflection that in a relatively short period of
our history most of our larger wildlife species have disappeared
together with much of the original forest cover. The survival of
the wildlife still
remaining with us and the setting aside of protected natural
habitats for them is the concern of all of us.
It would be
tragic if this priceless natural heritage, the product of
millions of years of evolution, should be further endangered or
lost for want of proper concern. This concern is a duty we owe
to ourselves, to our great African heritage and to the world.
Thus I solemnly declare that my Government pledges its untiring
efforts to conserve for now and posterity as wide a spectrum as
possible of our remaining fauna and flora."