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Strengthening climate service and early warning systems in The Gambia
Commissioning Unit: Gambia
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 01/2020
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Gambia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Meteorological, hydrological, environmental and climate information / services do support disaster risk reduction (DRR) and early warning systems (EWS) in Gambia and hence a contingency / continuity plan for these essential services should be developed to ensure functioning of EWS at all times.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/08]

Ministries of Environment and Agriculture and Depatment of Water Affairs will need in defining contingency planning for EWS noting the importance to agriculture.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Development of contingency plans at regional level as part of disaster risk mitigation planning.
[Added: 2020/01/08]
Government of the Gambia with support of UN and other partners 2021/11 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

EWSP2  financing  and  implementing  partners  should consider a third phase of the EWSP in order to enable a smooth transition of the EWS from the formative stage that it is now to a more mature stage when key agencies shall be semi-autonomous (generating some incomes from the products and services they offer) and well supported by the government.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/08]

Recommendation is noted, however financing agreements fruition is beyond the scope of partners to commit to and is subject to the fromulation of a relevant proposal and vetting thereof.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Undertake discussions with key partners and financing stakeholders on funding for 3rd phase of EWS>
[Added: 2020/01/08]
Ministry Of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture. 2021/11 Not Initiated
3. Recommendation:

The EWS agencies that should be established by the law should be supported in becoming specific service focused institutions / Agencies (SFA) with inbuilt self-sustaining capabilities through income generation from services and products they provide. Private and public sectors players should be widely consulted on the income generation proposals by the EWS agencies.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/08]

Recommendation is noted. For the immediate period; these agenies will continue to be housed in existing ministries and agencies and those functions strengthened.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ensure the functional strengthen of EWS roles within existing ministries and agencies to ensure subject to definition of a national mutli-sector EWS approach
[Added: 2020/01/08]
Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Environment, Department of Water 2021/09 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Farafenni post graduate diploma programme should be upgraded to provide Bachelors and Master degrees in hydrology and meteorology, as well as other related areas

in order to create sustainable local human resource for the EWS  in  the  Gambia.  A  target  of  training  at  least  4 bachelors and 3 master degree students before project

ends should be realised.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/08]

Recommendation noted. Given that poject ends in 2020, target recommended cannot be realised within given timeline. In consultation with the University , discussion of specialization at underraduate level in hydrology in the first instance will be undertaken.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Engage University of Gambia on requirements of augmenting Farafeni diploma course to a specialization as Bachelors level.
[Added: 2020/01/08]
Department of Water Affairs, University of Gambia 2021/11 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Some of the critical mobility impediments for key agencies and beneficiaries should be considered (e.g. giving motor bikes or a few motor vehicles). Areas to be considered

include  Project’s  outcome  inspection  capability  e.g. meteorology and hydrology stations and installations.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/08]

Vehicular support to installation will be taken up by the Government of the Gambia.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Procure at least 2 vehicles and 3 motorcycles through national budget
[Added: 2020/01/08]
Department of Water Affairs and UNDP 2021/09 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

The meteorology services capability should be aimed at having  all  the  15  traditional  meteorology  centres  be equipped  with  both  Intellisense  (as  standby)  and Automatic Weather Stations. All the conventional weather stations should be faced out before end of year 2020 in order to comply with mercury instrument discontinuation by Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/08]

Recommendation noted. However due to resource constraints, trasntional period will need to be longer and phased.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Equip all the 15 traditional meteorology centres with both Intellisense (as standby) and Automatic Weather Stations.
[Added: 2020/01/08]
Department of Water Affairs 2023/12 Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:

establish an integrated and GIS enabled environmental information system (EIS) platform and to be hosted by NEA or any other agency the stakeholders will identify as most suitable. The EIS should also plug in institutions like research agencies (e.g. climate change institute at the UTG. The EIS should also be a driving lever for the EWS.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/08]

The medium term aim of national stakeholders is to establish an EIS platform as per specification recommended herein.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Seek expert support to define specification scope and needs and costing of an EIS
[Added: 2020/01/08]
Department of Water Affairs 2021/11 Not Initiated

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