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Climate Change and Development in the Gambia
is the division immediately south of Kanifing Municipal Council,
stretching from Tanjeh on the Atlantic coast to Sintet in Foni
Jarrol. With a population of 392,000, the Division is the most
populous local government area. There are 9 districts in the
Division with Kombo North the most populous. Between 1963 and
2003, the population of Western Division increased from 55,000 to
over 392,000 primarily in the three districts immediately
neighboring Greater Banjul Area. The population of Kombo North the
district immediately bordering KMC increased from 80,000 in 1993
to over 162,000 in 2003.
headquarter is Brikama. With a population of 57,556, Brikama is the
largest city in the Division. Other major towns in Western
Division are Lamin, Wellingara, Sukuta, Kerr Serign and newly
established settlement of Brusubi housing estate. Many of these
new settlements are along the Atlantic coast.
Figure 3. District population 1993
International Airport, the country's only Airport, Yundum
Barracks, the largest Army Camp and Gambia College, the
country's oldest college are in Western Division. With nearly
50 km of the country's 80km Atlantic coast, the division is
fast becoming the Center for Tourism Development.
mild temperatures and higher rainfall makes Western Division
particularly suitable for cropping. Land use change in the
three westernmost districts have led to the conversion of all
but a few patches of natural forest cover. Increased
urbanization in the three districts has resulted in the lost
of large areas of home gardens, tree orchards and farmlands.
Unfortunately little is known about the biological and
socioeconomic consequences of these changes.
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