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Ghana has lost 50% forest cover -Dep. Minister

botchway October 9, 2019

 

From Alfred Kesse (Intern), Kumasi

Patricia Appiagyei, Deputy Minister for Environmental Science and Technology has called on the Akufo-Addo-led government to adapt policy guidelines to streamline afforestation in Ghana.

According to the Minister, Ghana has for the past years lost 50 percent of its forest cover, hence the need for the government to reinforce the planting of trees across the country as human activities play major role in the recent climate change.

The former Member of Parliament for Asokwa made these statements while addressing participants at the European Union Climate Diplomacy Week Ghana 2019 held in Kumasi,

under the theme; “Regreening the world”.

The occasion was attended by the European Union Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Diana Acconcia, Dutch ambassador to Ghana, Osei Assibey Antwi, Mayor of Kumasi, Ms. Victoria Michaels, a Ghanaian International Model.

It was in line with the Assembly’s agenda to restore the City’s accolade, “Garden City of West Africa” and also to reinforce global efforts in reducing the climate change.

Madam Acconcia said raising awareness would help in the fight against climate change and announced that the EU had evolved many strategies to enhance its efforts, which include collaboration with policy makers, Environmental Youth activists and major stakeholders to promote the “Green World Agenda”.

The mayor of Kumasi Assibey in his part stressed that the “Keep Kumasi Clean and Green (KKCG)” project had received massive support from the people and called for involvement of all residents in tree planting as the best alternative to ensure substance of life on earth.

“The Assembly is determined to mitigate the harmful effect posed by the excessive emission of carbon into the atmosphere through its tree planting project”, the MCE said.

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