[ 2012-06-23 ]
We must stop depleting our forests - Agyeman Badu
Winneba (C/R) June 23, GNA -The chairman for
Forestry Plantation Development Fund Management
Board, Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II, has expressed
concern about fast rate at which the country's
forest is being depleted.
He said Ghana's forest has been depleted from 8.2
million hectares to 1.7 million now, a situation
he described, “as not the best.”
Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II, who is the Omanhene of
Dormaa Traditional Area, was speaking at a durbar
to launch this year's UN-World Environment Day, in
He urged Ghanaians to desist from indiscrimination
destruction of the forest and cultivate the habit
of tree planting as their contribution towards
maintaining the natural ecology.
The programme was organized by the Center for
School and Community Science and Technology
Studies (SACOST) of the University of Education,
Winneba (UEW) in collaboration with the Effutu
Municipal Assembly and MiHa Education Trust Fund
It was under the theme, “Greening the blue
economy: Does it include you? ”.
Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu announced that the Forestry
Plantation Development Fund Management had put in
place a programme to support those wishing to go
into tree planting and afforestation.
He, therefore, urged interested persons to contact
his outfit at the Ministries in Accra.
Professor Lola Raheem, Deputy Director of SACOST,
UEW, who launched the programme, encouraged the
people to protect the environment by stopping
indiscriminate dumping of refuse and other waste
materials into drains.
He also appealed to Ghanaians to stop sand winning
and undertake massive tree projects in their
communities not only to beautify the place but
also to serve as windbreak to protect their
Prof. Raheem said the organizers would form
environmental protection clubs in all the schools
in the area to sensitize them on the importance of
Source - GNA
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