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Primary environmental concerns in Gambia include deforestation, water pollution, and desertification.1 Only around 9% of Gambiaâ'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 countryâ's landscape.3

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1http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/The-Gambia-ENVIRONMENT.html
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3 Ibid
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Gambia News

Freedom Newspaper 
HEARTENED BY SEEDY CEESAY AND BIRAN JENG'S INTERVENTIONS ABOUT ALLEGED GAMBIAN TRIBALISM ON THE CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAM Mr. Editor, I am heartened by Biran Jeng and Seedy Ceesay's interventions about alleged tribalism ... See more..
Washington Post 
BANJUL, Gambia — Gambia will set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into crimes committed by the former regime, and it will offer to pay reparations to victims, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou announced Thursday night. The government ... See more..
Jollofnews 
(JollofNews)- Michael Porter; a Harvard professor and one of the preeminent strategic thinkers of this century; argued in his renowned work on the ... See more..
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(JollofNews) – Gambia's Interior Minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty has been strongly criticised for hastily orchestrating the arrest and detention of former intelligence ... See more..
Gibraltar Chronicle 
The standoff was eventually resolved but throughout the tense period, personnel from the RG remained in the Gambia providing pre-deployment training to members of the Gambian Armed Forces (GAF), in order to prepare them for their enduring ... See more..
The Point 
Sunday's international match will be the first-ever meeting between Gambia CHAN team and Morocco U-20 team in an international friendly campaign. The international friendly is part of both sides' preparations for their qualifiers set for later this year. See more..
Jollofnews 
(JollofNews) – British anti-terrorism police investigating Wednesday Afternoon's terror attack in London have detained a 39-year-old Gambian woman. Rohey Hydara, who was married to, Khalid Masood, the man who carried out deadly terror attack outside ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Meanwhile, at the press conference, Mr. Poche said the mission's deployment follows an invitation from The Gambia Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) noting that it is the first time that the EU deploys a full-fledged election observation mission to ... See more..
Freedom Newspaper 
In the last days or months of Jammeh in the Gambia, we have seen and witnessed so many arrests and arraignment of Public Officers in The Gambia, from the top civil servants vehicle saga to the officials of the petroleum case. These had stricken the ... See more..
Freedom Newspaper 
Dear Pa, Thank you for the good job you are doing. I have been following developments in my country. I am concerned about recent diplomatic forays of the new DG of GRTS, Mr. Ebrima Sillah. In as much as... March 23, 2017 ... See more..
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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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Finances

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