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Regional Launch Of Forest And Wildlife Policy (E/R)

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has launched the revised forest and wildlife policy at Capital View in Koforidua. The first regional launch involved the following regions, namely; Volta, Eastern and Central Region.

 

The revised policy approved in 2012 has institutional reforms such as an enhanced active participation of communities and landowners in resource management; promotion of small and medium forest and wildlife enterprises as a means of job creation for the rural/urban poor, an increased biodiversity conservation, promotion of sustainable management of savanna woodland and ecotourism development.

It also includes an increased government commitment to degraded landscape restoration through a massive forest plantation development schemes, improved research and application of modern and scientific technology in resources management, development of climate change adaptation with mitigation measures as well as secured sustainable financing for the forest and wildlife sector.

In a keynote address, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Barbara Serwaa Asamoah expressed gratitude to the various stakeholders such as the National and Regional House of Chiefs, Civil Society Groups, Media Impact Organizations among others for their significant contributions and criticisms to the new policy.

She noted that the revised policy had a focus on the management of land and wildlife resources and outlined some interventions from the ministry like the wood tracking system in the domestic export of lumber, introduction of new wood procurement policy and the importation of lumber from other countries as a complimentary effort in the implementation of the forest and wildlife policy.

In a statement, Madam Mavis Ama Frempong, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister said forest and wildlife resources had been the major contributors to Ghana’s economic development, formal/ informal employment alongside livelihoods and export earnings.

She stated further that most of government policies had experienced challenges in their implementation because there were inadequate consultations with stakeholders. She therefore urged stakeholders to see to the successful achievement of the revised forest and wildlife policy to reverse the degradation of the environment.

On his part, the Technical Director of Forestry at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Musah Abu-Juam remarked that the purpose of the launch was to bring to the doorsteps of the ordinary Ghanaian as well as all stakeholders the document which highlights on the conservation and sustainable development of forest and wildlife resources.

He indicated that copies of the document would be available at libraries and appealed to participants to study the policy and educate others.

 

Source: ISD (Evelyn Harvey)

 

 

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