Sunyani, June 29, 2024

The Forestry Commission (FC) has emphasized the need for collective national approach with high level commitment to reclaim and restore degraded lands and water bodies for livelihoods sustainability.

Mr. Emmanuel Ntiako, the Deputy Bono Regional Manager of the Commission said the state must consciously tackle the soaring indiscriminate chain-sawing and reckless mining phenomenon that was depleting the forest cover, agriculture lands and polluting the water bodies for the benefit of the unborn generations.

He was speaking to the media in an interview on Tuesday, and reiterated the reckless mining and alarming land degradation activities polluting and causing extinction to the streams and other water bodies have long term health and economic effects on the country. 

Hence, perpetrators ought to be arrested and prosecuted to deter others from putting the country into such ditch.

He said the laws are there, and must be put into full use and enforcement to clamp down these challenges resulting in an increasing climate change impact these days.

He stated “we can’t be mining, fishing and cutting down trees anyhow” without any sustainability regulation plan, therefore pleaded with law enforcement agencies, chiefs and other influential personalities as well as political figures to collaborate with the state institutions to ensure the laws of the country work without impunity.

Mr. Ntiako commended President Nana Akufo-Addo for the green Ghana initiative, saying, tree planting was the surest way to salvage the degraded lands and protect the ecosystems.

He called for pragmatic approach towards monitoring and nurturing the trees for the intended purposes. 

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