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Posted: 21 Nov 2016





The Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Samuel Afari Dartey, has admonished students, pupils and youth groups of Anyinam and its environs to engage in tree planting and nurturing, conservation and all activities which help to protect and enhance forests in Ghana.


He said that in a statement read on his behalf by Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah, the Executive Director of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, when the Climate Change Unit of the Forestry Commission launched the Regional “REDD Eye” Campaign at Anyinam in the Eastern Region. Under the theme “Promoting Youth Awareness and Involvement in REDD Actions”, the REDD EYE campaign is a move to stimulate the active involvement of the Ghanaian youth in the forest stewardship and restoration under the international mechanism Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). It is a mechanism which will incentivise forest rich developing countries to undertake actions and measures that reduce emissions from the forestry sector.


Mr. Afari Dartey stressed on the need to protect all forests, citing the example of the big role that the Atewa Forest plays in the supply of potable water to the people of Accra and its environs. “. Three important rivers in Ghana, that is Densu, Ayensu and Birim originate from the Atewa Forest Reserve. These are the three major sources of domestic and industrial water for more than 5 million Ghanaians residing in the Eastern and Greater Accra Regions and its environs”, he said.


He expressed worry about the fact that despite the very important role the Atewa Forest Reserve plays in Ghana, it has come under severe threats from many illegal activities like logging and mining and very soon, if care is not taken potable water supply will be highly challenged.


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