GIP Request Logistical Support for Parks and Gardens to Protect the Green Environment


Sunyani, June 13, 2024 

The Ghana Institute of Planning (GIP) has appealed to the government to resource the Parks and Gardens, whose duty was to ensure protection and sustainability of the green environments.

The GIP stated that the Parks and Gardens were part of the Physical Planning Department, but seems to have been neglected in terms of logistics, tools and equipment to work with.

Planner Ata-Era A. James, the Sunyani Zonal Chairman of the GIP made the request in an interview with the media on Wednesday.

To achieve the intended purposes of the Green Ghana project, he noted there was critical need for constant monitoring and maintaining of the planted trees for preservation of biodiversity and enhancement of ecosystem services.

The Parks and Gardens department must therefore be resourced with tools and logistics, and the mandate to nurture the trees planted, he emphasized.

Planner Gifty Nyarko (Mrs), the Sunyani Zonal Secretary of the GIP and Sunyani West Municipal Planner said the Institute was committed to fostering sustainable development and environmental stewardship.

She said the environment is Paramount to human live, hence, the GIP education and public sensitization to plant trees around their houses and maintain them as a collective responsibility and contribution to remove environmental pollution for a sustainable habitation.

On her side, Pln. Anthonia Ayamga, the Zonal Organizer of the GIP, noted the trees does not only beautify the environment, but bring some sources of healing to the human body.

Trees further reduces cost of energy consumption, because, “you enjoy cool environment, enough ventilation and don’t depend much on electricity for air”.

With trees around the house, electricity power consumption automatically becomes very less as compared to areas without trees, she explained, adding that the trees also protect buildings from destructive impacts of windstorm. 

The Vice Chairman, Sunyani Zonal GIP, Pln. Franklin Yangfomenka Walier was with the view that collaborative implementation of such health sustaining projects with development partners was critical to reduce climate impact and improve the vegetative cover.

He said as Planners, “we would continue to engage the communities in planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages”.

Pln. Yangfomenka Walier therefore emphasized collaboration between the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), NADMO and Traditional Authorities to establish fire volunteers at all zonal area councils and agreed to entrust the trees planted under the care of the volunteers.

The Assemblies should act as supervisors to ensure the trees were nurtured and protected well to grow and ensure bushfire incidents does not affect the trees. 

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