The Gambia – 19 December 2013 the British Ambassador for the British Embassy in Gambia has concluded his visit to an oyster farm in The West African country which had been funded by his office. The visit to the oyster farm started at the Denton Bridge which is close to the towns of Ebo town and Abuko who benefit from the project.
The oyster farm project was developed for the TRY Oyster Women Association with 4,150 pounds sterling being funded by the British Embassy. H.E. David Morley expressed his delight at the progress which had been made not only to save the Mangrove ecosystem but also the development which had occurred such as the sustainability of the project and also the employment which has been created.
“Today’s visit showed the difference that well researched interventions can make to communities all across The Gambia and I wish the female oyster growers and TRY Oysters lots of future success,” he remarked.
From the initial funding from the British Embassy in The Gambia the TRY Oyster Women Association has stated that 15 communities in Gambia had seen development and more than 500 women have found employment. The government has also allowed them to manage the mangroves for a period of 5 years to ensure that the mangroves are protected from desertification.
This development from seed funding has now ensured that the mangroves are no also damaged by other looking for oysters and that the project has not only helped developed the rural communities but saved the environment from desertification and exploitation.