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Public urged to protect forests as Ghana marks International Forests Week

botchway June 18, 2019

Ghanaians have been advised to do away from activities that would negatively affect the country’s forests in the wake of climate change issues all over the world.
The Eastern Regional Director of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Isaac Adonteng, in an interview with the Eastern File, indicated that it was time for all stakeholders to come on board in the fight against illegal activities in the forests, which are posing threats to lives.
According to him, the activities of illegal mining, sand wining, lumbering and gaming in the country’s forests has affected the water bodies, as well as the landscape.
As part of the Annual International Day of Forests on the theme “Forest Education, our responsibility,” Mr. Adonteng mentioned issues of flooding, change in weather conditions, earthquakes and tremors and many others as the effects of illegal activities in the forests.
“We are doing our possible best with other stakeholders, but we still have challenges of people still defying the laws to engage in such illegal activities.”
“We are, therefore, calling for collaborative efforts from the general public, so that we can fish out these illegal operators to be dealt with in accordance with the law, to serve as a deterrent to others,” Mr. Adonteng added.
Mr. Isaac Adonteng, however, charged Ghanaians to engage in tree planting individually to ensure the effects of climate change do not affect their livelihoods, as the saying goes, “when the last tree dies, the last man dies.”

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