The United Nations conference on the environment and development known as the earth summit took place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1992.It did much to launch the idea of sustainable development to governments and local communities. Agenda 21 emerged from this summit, inviting local authorities and communities to adopt the idea of sustainable development by creating their own local Agenda 21.
Responding positively to world leaders’ call for the smooth implementation of the proposed agenda, the Gunjur Environmental Protection and Development Group (GEPADG) was founded in 1992 in the Gambia by Mr Badara N Bajo
The group realized that the only way to succeed with its aims and objectives was to ensure a wider community participation in natural resources management and conservation.
The first ever national conference on the environment at community level in the Gambia was then organized in Gunjur village in February 1998. The Gunjur Environmental Protection and Development Group (GEPADG) are based in Gunjur, The Gambia. We work to achieve long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty in The Gambia through reversing the current destruction of forests, mangroves and coastal ecosystems..
GEPADG is a voluntary grassroots organization based in the rural south –west coast of the Gambia, registered in Banjul as a charitable non profit making organization.
It is non partisan, non cross-sectional and non denominational but a genuine Community Based Organisation (CBO) geared towards the enhancement of local community livelihood, ecotourism development for sustainable use of natural resources, Community forestry scheme and Beekeeping, agro-forestry and women vegetable gardening, rural micro-finance sub projects.GEPADG has been accredited by the Global Environment Facility GEF in Washington, USA and the UN.
GEPADG in partnership with The Gambian state department of parks and wildlife management (DPWM) and has successfully launched and implemented the GEF / World Bank integrated coastal and marine biodiversity management three year funded project (ICAM). The Global Environment Facility/GEF through World Bank was the principal funding agency and WWF as a counterpart funding agency.