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The Gambia

TOTAL POPULATION

1.9 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

513 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

822,800 kt Sub-Saharan Africa, YEAR 2014

“A 44% emissions cut by 2025, compared to business as usual projections, and a 45% cut by 2030.”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

Despite intense ground pressure due to a high density and a historical presence of humans, wildlife is bustling and includes baboons, pygmy hippos - one of Plan A’s faves - and more than 500 bird species. 

The majority of Gambians rely on the local biodiversity for basic needs. Biofuel for cooking and heating represent 85% of total Gambian needs and bushmeat hunting is fairly common. The Gambia river also provides fish for subsistence and commerce. Radical changes or loss of ecosystem wealth in the Gambia would be catastrophic for the country, lowering living standards and accelerating the demise of the country’s natural assets.

43% of the Gambia is still covered by dense forest. The Gambia has confirmed the disappearance from its territory of 13 species of mammals already, including the African forest elephant. The government has made efforts to effectively protect the remaining habitats and wildlife and has known success. Baboon Island, a conservation zone for the endangered great ape, is actually completely forbidden to humans! However, levels of protections remain low, and the Gambia has set an objective of protecting 5% of its territory by 2020. 

Average rainfall has (already) declined by 25-30% over the last 30 years, a radical change from the pre-industrial setting that is challenging the livelihoods of nut producers and countless species. The Gambia represents less than 0.001% of Sub-Saharan CO₂ emissions. 


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DATA INSIGHTS

The World Bank classifies the Gambia as a low-income country. the Gambia’s position in the fight against climate change is better understood by observing its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of the Gambia’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.


The Gambia Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Gambia’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the full line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2008, the Gambia’s emissions increased dramatically by 182%, driven by the expansion of agriculture and livestock population growth. After emissions reductions between 2008 and 2009, the Gambia’s emissions were back on the rise and grew to nearly 200% of its 1990 level in 2012. The waste sector is responsible for the largest share (79%) of the Gambia’ emissions, followed by the agriculture sector (16%). Within the waste sector, the majority of emissions come from the solid waste disposal landfill, whereas the agriculture-related emissions come from livestock digestion, manure management and burning of savannah land. 


Despite having a strong growth in emissions, the Gambia made only a small contribution to 2012 African GHG emissions. However, there is still room for improvement. To reduce the country’s emissions, the Gambia needs to implement effective waste management systems. Changes in farming practices such as improving manure management and developing sustainable agriculture systems still present a challenge in the future, but will reduce the country’s emissions. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018)


The Gambia Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Gambia’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

The Gambia Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the full line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2008, the Gambia’s emissions increased dramatically by 182%, driven by the expansion of agriculture and livestock population growth. After emissions reductions between 2008 and 2009, the Gambia’s emissions were back on the rise and grew to nearly 200% of its 1990 level in 2012. The waste sector is responsible for the largest share (79%) of the Gambia’ emissions, followed by the agriculture sector (16%). Within the waste sector, the majority of emissions come from the solid waste disposal landfill, whereas the agriculture-related emissions come from livestock digestion, manure management and burning of savannah land. 


Despite having a strong growth in emissions, the Gambia made only a small contribution to 2012 African GHG emissions. However, there is still room for improvement. To reduce the country’s emissions, the Gambia needs to implement effective waste management systems. Changes in farming practices such as improving manure management and developing sustainable agriculture systems still present a challenge in the future, but will reduce the country’s emissions. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018)


The Gambia Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

The Gambia’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right. 


The Gambia falls under the high vulnerability to climate change and low level of adaptation capacity category. Due to changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, crop yields are expected to decrease significantly, which could result in a severe food crisis, famine and malnutrition. Heavy rainfall caused by climate change is likely to induce floods that threaten the population living in flood-prone areas, endangering the lives of residents. In order to respond to climate-related disasters, strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacity of response systems is also essential. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys.



The Gambia Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

The Gambia’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

The Gambia Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right. 


The Gambia falls under the high vulnerability to climate change and low level of adaptation capacity category. Due to changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, crop yields are expected to decrease significantly, which could result in a severe food crisis, famine and malnutrition. Heavy rainfall caused by climate change is likely to induce floods that threaten the population living in flood-prone areas, endangering the lives of residents. In order to respond to climate-related disasters, strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacity of response systems is also essential. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys.



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