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Primary environmental concerns in Gambia include deforestation, water pollution, and desertification.1 Only around 9% of GambiaĆ¢'s original forests have survived the high rates of agricultural expansion.2 Additionally, rainfall has decreased by more than 30% in the past few decades, contributing to the increasing desertification of the countryĆ¢'s landscape.3

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1http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/The-Gambia-ENVIRONMENT.html
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Geography

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and Senegal
Area

Total 11,295 sq km
Land 10,000 sq km
Water 1,295 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot, rainy season (June to November); cooler, dry season (November to May)
Natural Resources

fish, clay, silica sand, titanium (rutile and ilmenite), tin, zircon ;
Natural Hazards

drought (rainfall has dropped by 30% in the last 30 years)
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; desertification; water-borne diseases prevalent

Demographics

Nationality
Gambian
Population
1,883,051 (July 2013 est.)
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The Gambia has sparse natural resource deposits and a limited agricultural base, and relies in part on remittances from workers overseas and tourist receipts. About three-quarters of the population depends on the agricultural sector for its livelihood and the sector provides for about one-quarter of GDP. The agricultural sector has untapped potential - less than half of arable land is cultivated. Small-scale manufacturing activity features the processing of peanuts, fish, and hides. The Gambia's natural beauty and proximity to Europe has made it one of the larger markets for tourism in West Africa, boosted by government and private sector investments ...See More in eco-tourism and upscale facilities. In 2012, however, sluggish tourism led to a decline in GDP. Tourism brings in about one-fifth of GDP. Agriculture also took a hit in 2012 due to unfavorable weather patterns. The Gambia's re-export trade accounts for almost 80% of goods exports. Unemployment and underemployment rates remain high. Economic progress depends on sustained bilateral and multilateral aid, on responsible government economic management, and on continued technical assistance from multilateral and bilateral donors. International donors and lenders continue to be concerned about the quality of fiscal management and The Gambia's debt burden. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$3.459 billion (2012 est.); $3.327 billion (2011 est.); $3.476 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

11.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 15.3% of GDP (2011 est.); 16.6% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, millet, sorghum, peanuts, corn, sesame, cassava (manioc), palm kernels; cattle, sheep, goats
Industries

processing peanuts, fish, and hides; tourism, beverages, agricultural machinery assembly, woodworking, metalworking, clothing