Biodiversity Action Journalists-The Gambia (BAJ-Gambia) is a professional journalists’ organisation, in environmental and natural resources advocacy. It was established in December, 2010, with the technical support of the department of Parks and Wildlife Management, ministry of Forestry and Environment, The Gambia.
The idea came about after a study tour to Senegal, through a project called Niumi-Saloum Trans-boundary Biosphere project. Jointly implemented by Senegal and The Gambia the project is supported by IUCN and UNESCO, under the Man and Biosphere (MAB).
BAJ-Gambia is a charity registered with the Attorney General’s chambers, ministry of Justice, The Gambia. It has a membership of seventy (70) practicing journalists, from print, electronic and online media in the country. BAJ-Gambia aims to raise public awareness on biodiversity in a bid to promote community participation in the preservation and management of the country’s biological and natural resources for sustainable use and benefit sharing.
The environmental reporters in the country have seen the need to come together to form a common front to increase public awareness o the environment, for the fact that the country’s natural resources has been dwindling unprecedented due to anthropogenic activities such as bush fire, illegal logging, bad farming methods, over fishing exploitation and poaching among others.