Fiapre, June 26, 2024

Six out of the total Seven Forest Reserves in the Sunyani Forest District have been degraded, and under restoration, Mr. Francis Brobbey, the Sunyani District Manager of the Forest Services Division (FSD) has disclosed.

He revealed this when speaking at the Landscape Restoration and Reclamation Governance training workshop at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) at Fiapre in Sunyani.

According to him, the Forest Reserves including Tain I, Tain II, Saw-Saw, Nsemmre, and Amamma forests in the Sunyani Forest District of the Bono region have all been degraded.

Mr. Brobbey attributed that excessive chain sawing, timber exploitation, wild fire, unsustainable farming practices, unsustainable exploitation of forest resources were the main causes of the forest degradation.

He therefore advocate for proactive action from government and non-governmental organization to restore the degraded lands both in and off forest reserves.

In that regard, Mr. Brobbey called on financial institutions, entrepreneurs, and business to commit resources towards forest restoration and reclamation for green environment and sustainable livelihoods.

“God created the forest reserves for the benefits of man and other purpose, therefore when they are not there, we need to bring them back for our own good”, he stated.

Mr. Brobbey observed landscape restoration are very important and key to economic growth, with numerous benefits such as social resources for livelihoods sustainability.

He commended the tree planting for restoration initiative by government since the year 2021, saying, it was a laudable one, “but we need to do more to help not only restoration of nature, but help societies to develop”. 

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