About the Conference
In 2017, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), an economic and political union of fifteen West Africa countries, established a consultative group on climate change that aims to develop strategies to ensure the coordinated and effective use of scientific research to address the challenges of climate change in the region. The outputs of the latest consultative group meetings state:
In West Africa, more than 75% of the population are affected at least once every two years by natural phenomena that are increasingly violent and devastating due to climate change. Climate change has led to increased desertification, the degradation of natural resources and food insecurity that has had an adverse effect on the economy and quality of life.
At the regional level, institutions for climate research are working to identify the dynamics of these changes in order to better guide the fight against climate change.
The effects of climate change and its impact on populations are very poorly understood and require concerted efforts to find solutions to mitigate its impact.
In the face of this critical situation, the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia (MRCG) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the LSHTM Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health in collaboration with The Gambian Government, plan to deliver a conference on Planetary Health in The Gambia with particular focus on the impacts of current and projected environmental change on health and human wellbeing in West Africa. The conference aims to showcase and stimulate existing and new planetary health research conducted in West Africa with a focus on local and early career researchers.
Facilitate a review of current research on planetary health in
West Africa and the Sahel