updated 12:22 PM MST, Jan 11, 2018

Communication & Awareness

National Cleansing Day

The last National Cleansing Day (NCD), formerly called Operation Clean the Nation, took place on Saturday 29th July, 2017. The NCD will now take place once every two (2) months, from 8 am to 12 pm.



The Operation Clean the Nation (OCN) dubbed the “Setsettal” was spearheaded by Former President of The Republic of The Gambia and the Chairman of the National Environment Management Council (N.E.M.C.), Yahya Jammeh. It is a monthly cleansing exercise that promotes a clean and healthy environment free of litter and other refuse.

Over the years, the citizenry have been sensitized on the importance of positive attitudinal change and in keeping a clean and healthy environment for all. In this regards, the Anti-Littering Regulations 2007 is being enforced to ensure a litter free, clean and healthy environment.

Thereupon, the Agency has provided a total of 545 sanitary tools ranging from dustbins, spades, hayforks, rakes, cutlasses and brooms to Regional Governors in the drive to decentralize the OCN.

Furthermore, the Ban on Plastic Bags Order 2015, bans the manufacturing, importation, retailing and use of plastic bags in The Gambia. Moreover, this helps to mitigate the threats resulting from the plastic waste menace that negatively affects people, flora and fauna.

Hitherto, the NEA and the Judiciary continue working together on the Special Environmental Courts initiative for a speedy prosecution of environmental offenders as in line with the enforcement of the Anti-Littering Regulations 2007 and the Ban on Plastic Bags Order 2015.




Environmental Award Scheme

The Environment Award Scheme (EAS) is one of the many programmes being implemented by the National Environment Agency's Environmental Education and Communication Programme to encourage public participation in environmental management. This initiative is designed to reward the efforts of both individuals and groups to improve their local environment. The Environmental Award Scheme was inaugurated in 1994 with over 100 entries, from 5 Divisions and the Greater Banjul Area. The Environmental Award Scheme is an annual competition.

The Environmental Award Schemes is designed to: 
i) Increase environmental awareness through community participation and ii) Encourage the participation of individuals and community based groups such as farmers associations, schools and vocational institutions, local NGOs and the private sector.


The main objectives of this award scheme are to:

1.      Increase awareness on environmental issues.

2.      Promote and encourage public participation in environmental management.

3.      Promote the use of environmentally friendly technologies.

4.      Demonstrate government's recognition of individual/community efforts in environmental management.  

5.      Reward individuals or groups that participate in good and effective environmental and natural resources management practices.




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