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Banjul Declaration

Nature Reserves
HippoThis was a statement made by the then President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara (DK) in 1977, aimed at calling attention for the need to protect The Gambia's quickly vanishing flora and fauna.

Banjul Declaration:
"It 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."

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