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The Gambia has 7 national parks and nature reserves, 1 community wildlife reserve (Bolong Fenyo), 66 forest parks and 1 Ramsar site. In total they represent about 3.5 per cent of the country's total land area which is roughly 38,000 ha. The protected areas and their dates of designation in alphabetical order are :- Abuko Nature Reserve (105 ha) 1916, Baobolon Wetland Reserve (1996) 22,000 ha., Kiang West National Park (1987) 11,000 ha., Niumi National Park (1986) 4,940 ha., River Gambia National Park (1978) 570 ha., and the Tanji Karinti Bird Reserve (1993) 612 ha. In order to protect the biodiversity in these areas only some selected reserves are open to the public at large. Enquire with your hotel or tour guide.

There is also an increasing movement for community or privately managed eco nature reserves such as the Brufut Woods Community Project which is basically a bird sanctuary, Kunkilling Forest Park, Makasutu Cultural Forest, Tumani Tenda,  Kahlenge & Bama Kuno, and Pirang Forest National Park with its large population of monkeys such as Green vervets, Hussard, Guinea baboons and the Colobus Badius.

The protected area policy dates back to 1916 when Abuko was given government protection as a water catchment location.

The new forestry policy, under the Department of Parks, was developed between 1995 to 2005, aims to increase the total land area of managed forests to 30% of the total land area of The Gambia and that 75%. It also aims to develop 17,000 hectares of forest park and put 200,000ha of land under community forest management. Part of the strategy is to ensure that 75% of forests are protected and managed in line with forest management principles.

List of Forest Parks in Gambia
Bama Kuno Konowo
Bankuba Kumadi
Belei Forest Kunkilling
Berikolon Kusaywa
Bijilo Forest Kusum
Brikama Lohen
Dobo Madina Demba
Faba Marike
Finto Manereg Mutaro Kunda
Furnya Nianimaru
Gambissara Nyanberi
Hela Kunda Nyassang
Jalabiro Nymbai
Jumba Yaka Pakala
Jundala Sabi Forest
Kabafita Salagi
Kahi Badi Si-Kunda
Kahlenge (Katilenge) Sibi Kuroto Demba
Kaolang Tambajang



Abuko Nature Reserve

Ballabu Conservation

Bama Kuno Forest

Bao Bolong Wetland

Bijilo Forest Park

Bolong Fenyo

Kiang West

Kunkilling Forest Park

Makasutu Culture Forest

Niumi National Park

Pirang Forest

River Gambia Park
   (Baboon Islands)

Tanbi Wetlands

Tanji Bird Reserve

Tumani Tenda

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