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Posted: 18 May 2016



The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in collaboration with the Forestry Commission and other stakeholders will celebrate the 5th Forestry Week and Greening Ghana Day 2016 from 21st - 27th May, 2016. The theme for the week-long celebration is “Forests and Water for Sustaining Lives and Livelihoods”.

This celebration is to commemorate the International Day of Forests which falls on March 21 each year. It is a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside the forest. The UN however, allows member states to adapt the date of the celebration of the International Day of Forests to suit their peculiar circumstances. In view of this, Ghana chooses the month of May every year for the celebration of the Day to coincide with the major rainy season.

The forest and wildlife resources of Ghana continue to face serious threats of degradation due to factors such as illegal logging, illegal mining, known in local parlance as “galamsey”, unsustainable farming practices, poaching and others. The results of these are severe climate change impacts that have resulted in the drying up of many water bodies, extinction of prime timber species and destruction of wildlife habitats.

The choice of the theme for the celebration is therefore to provide the opportunity to educate the general public on the relationship between forests and water bodies, which are essential elements for lives and livelihoods of mankind.

Activities earmarked for the week-long celebration are:

a. Inter-schools quiz competition on The Role of Forests in Protecting Water Bodies – 21st May, 2016, 9.00 am, at the Forestry Commission Training Centre (FCTC) Akyawkrom, near Ejisu.

b. Launch of “5th Forestry Week & Greening Ghana Day Celebration 2016” on 23rd May, 2016, 9.00 am at the Sakumo Ramsar Site.

c. National Colloquium on “The Role of Forests in Protecting Water Bodies” on 24th May, 2016, 9.00 am, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

d. Grand Durbar and Greening Ghana Day, 27th May, 2016, 9.00 am at the Agona SDA College of Education Park, Agona, Ashanti Region. The general public is kindly invited to join in the celebration of this important event as it is our collective responsibility to protect our forests and water bodies.

Issued by the Chief Executive
Forestry Commission
May 11, 2016

For further information, contact:
The Corporate Affairs & Media Relations Unit
Forestry Commission
Tel: 0302-401210/401216
Email: info.hq@fcghana.org
Website: www.fcghana.org


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