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Darwin Initiative - Gambia

Contact Address:
Darwin Field Station For Biodiversity

Research, Education & Training
Abuko Nature Reserve
Kombo North District
Banjul Head office
PO Box 2164 Serrekunda
The Gambia, West Africa


Tel no: +220 7782633 

The Darwin Initiative Project, The Gambia,  is a programme sponsored by the UK Government (DEFRA) with funds being secured by Warwick University who also work with the Makasutu Wildlife Trust - who are the country based implementers and operate the Field Station For Biodiversity & Research.

The Darwin Initiative aims to conserve the Earth's biodiversity by helping those nations that have wide biodiversity, but lack the financial capacity to adequately protect their living natural resources. It also assists countries to achieve their commitments as agreed in various treaties such as Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CMS and CITES.

The Gambia project is the first Darwin Initiative to be financed in the West African sub-region and is about enabling more of the local people here to understand the aims of the programme and appreciate why it is important in their lives.

The centre offers training courses for a variety of people covering different aspects of natural resource management and biodiversity.

The research project has also allowed the Makasutu Wildlife Trust to create a pictorial database, talk on radio and TV programmes, provide a national symposium about biodiversity in the second year of the project and publish staff training manuals and a series of booklets. These field guides contain information about reptiles, mammals, common butterflies and amphibians of The Gambia. These have been distributed free to lower basic schools in conjunction with the Ministry of Education.

* For more information contact the
Department of Parks & Wildlife
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