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CAMP PEOPLE'S COAST
Kartong, The Gambia

Camp People’s Coast’s objective is to restore degraded land in two local villages, Kartong which hosts 5,000 inhabitants, and Gunjur, with 9,000.  The two areas have been the subject of historic and recent sand mining activity and the land to be restored covers many hectares. The Gambia is a sub-tropical region with a single rainfall season (July to October), with a dry-arid climate. The region’s natural vegetation is a mixture of native and endemic trees. 

An important goal of Camp People’s Coast is to capture the seasonal rain by creating a sustainable water management programme. The two locations are also havens for migrating and resident birds. 

Camp People’s Coast is happy to announce the support of local environmentalists, schools, volunteers and the Village Development Committees (VDCs) and the adoption of Ecosystem Restoration Camps.

Achievements to date

Official agreements have been signed with two landowners that will enable two tree nurseries to be established.

What to expect at Camp People's Coast

Camp People’s Coast offer’s a friendly, caring, sharing experience with the local villages. You can also look forward to warm weather for 9 months of the year, al fresco outdoor dining, campfires, bright blue skies, and starlit nights. 

The experience continues with many rare bird sightings, learning about regenerative techniques, and practical restoration work. Camp People’s Coast also offers the opportunity for homestays and visits with local families and ecolodges.

The Gambia is a virtually crime free country and personal security is assured.  The two villages are both seaside and are only 11 kilometres apart with accessible local transport. Health clinics can be found in both villages, and hospital facilities are within 35 kilometres in an urban location. Both government and private health services are available.

Who is needed

The camp needs volunteers who are skilled permaculture practitioners (including recent PDC graduates), carpenters, video filmmakers, and fundraisers. All of whom can expect to get their hands in the soil and make wonderful new friends.

Opportunities for Campers

Campers at Camp People’s Choice can also join excursions offered by the Sandele Foundation which include: visiting local farms and visitor centres, participating in a greening schools programme, turtle conservation, demonstration gardens and a solar food processing centre. Yoga classes, family impact holidays, CSR experiences are also available.

Cost to stay at the camp

20 Euro per day, which includes accommodation, breakfast, and dinner.

Next camper experience

To be confirmed.

Vision and Socio-economic context

Camp People’s Coast is undertaking the restoration of two areas of land, heavily degraded by beach sand mining, in order to create an environment that is ecologically sustainable, promotes biodiversity and contributes to the livelihoods of local people.

The Gambia is a less developed country that has depended on beach sand as a construction material.  The increasing salinity of the water and lowering of the groundwater table has led to the beaches becoming fragile and has affected the viability of the gardens near the beachside that are cared for by local women farmers.  Restoration will, however, lead to regeneration of the landscape, provide opportunities for bird tourism (especially migrating Ospreys) and for ecotourism.  Extensive tree planting will improve the fertility of the soil, leading to a higher water table and sequestering carbon into the soil.  Employment opportunities and improved livelihoods will also be positively impacted by these actions.

It is hoped that partnerships with the private sector will lead to the improvement of the soil on a large scale.  If successful, the proposed programme will have a major effect on water retention and plant fertility.

Seedling camp

Organising Partners
Facilities

Camping (basic)-bring your own tent             
Local ecolodges                                                     
Homestays and visits with local families         
Sanitation (basic)                                                 
Cell phone/mobile signal                                     
Wifi                                                                       
Kitchen (full)- vegetarian/plant based             
Swimming facilities                                             
Learning centre

Restoration Activities

Water retention                                                 
Tree planting                                     
Composting                                                         
Mulching                                                                 
Natural fertilizers                                                 
Soil restoration                                             
Regenerative entrepreneurialism                     
Food planting                                                 
Community building                                     
Erosion prevention                                               
Natural building                                               
Restoration of livelihoods                   
Restoration holidays                                     
Cover cropping                                     
Agroforestry                                                   
Water retention                                           
Habitat creation                                                   
Mind, body, and soil retreats                           
Ecosystem restoration design workshops

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How to apply

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What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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