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Posted: 18 Jun 2019


The Forestry Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has marked the 8th Forestry Week and Greening Ghana Day with a grand durbar at Nsoatre in the Sunyani West District in the Bono Region. The occasion was celebrated under the theme, “Forests and Education: Our Responsibility”.

At the durbar, the Chief Executive (CE) of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, said quality education plays a critical role in ensuring that the next generation of foresters and the entire citizenry are well equipped to face the multitude of challenges that a dynamic society and changing forest landscape will inevitably provide.

Mr. Afriyie said forests and forest landscapes worldwide are confronted with global changes, including climate change, in particular with extreme weather events, and changing social demands for forestry and land use due to increased demands for meat and dairy, bioenergy production, and environmental services.

Despite the important roles that forests play in keeping the environment healthy, the CE said, many people have little knowledge of the many ways that forests support human life, or the grave dangers many forests are confronted with.

Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie bemoaned the modus operandi of illegal loggers and chainsaw operators in concealing timber in recent times such as the use of commercial VIP buses, charcoal buses or even in the guise of already made doors and other furniture amongst others. He also praised the Forestry Commission staffs who are working very hard to thwart the activities of these unscrupulous people engaged in the illegal activities.


For his part, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh said in order   to sustain the economic, environmental and socio cultural values of the forest, there is the need for education and awareness creation at all levels of governance. Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh expressed regret that even though the Bono and Bono East and Ahafo regions had one of the enviable forest resources and water bodies in the country, “we are gradually losing the natural resource endowment due to unsustainable practices. Other speakers at the event were, Hon. Mrs. Evelyn Kumi Richardson, the Regional Minister for the Bono Region, and the Nana Owusu Nsiah, a Council of State member, Chaired the durbar.

The grand durbar was preceded by an inter-schools debate on the 11th of June, 2019. The motions for was between: St. James SHS and Sacred Hearts SHS, Sunyani SHS and Notre Dame SHS, Twene Amanfo SHS and Berekum SHS. The winners were, Sacred Hearts SHS, Sunyani SHS and Twene Amanfo SHS.


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