In Images: The Gambia Is Sinking Into The Ocean
Climate change is taking its toll in the Gambia. The rising sea is rapidly eating the Gambian coastline and is a serious threat for its capitol Banjul. Many hotels are about to be swallowed by the ocean. The first ones already fell victim to climate change.
Jinack Island inside Niumi National Park continue to disappear due to unprecedented coastal erosion. Bijol Island is dwindling while Hallahein River mouth is also suffering from erosion.
Climate change is destroying the beautiful beaches. In spite of all the financing for climate change adaptation and building resilience, politicians and technocrats are turning blind eyes on such an urgent issue.
Impact of Sea Level Rise in Banjul, Gambia
What can we do to stop this?
The ocean is rising rapidly and there is not much we can do about that. What the Gambia can do is protect its coastal area at all cost. Sand mining for example is big business in Gunjur. The sand mining company is breaking down the dunes and sells the sand for the construction of buildings.
Digging near the last standing dune of Gunjur is suicide
This bulldozer is literally between the last large standing dune (in the background) en the village Gunjur. Sand mining in this area mega destructive. These dunes are incredibly important to protect the country against the rising sea. The amounts of sand that are taken away daily are beyond anyones imagination.
As far as the eye can see, the dunes are turned into a desolate, dead piece of land. There are no trees anymore so the sand will not be hold anymore by their root systems. With the sand mining activities in these coastal area we are literally digging our own graves.
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Special thanks to: Kawsu Jammeh, Ahmed Manjang and Doug Hamlen