All should share in the protection of the forest

Mr Edward Obiaw, Director, Resource Management Support Centre of the Forestry Commission (FC), has urged all Ghanaians to share in the responsibility of protecting the country’s forests.

The increasing degradation through illegal mining, farming and quarry operations should be a source of concern to everybody and concerted efforts are needed to restore sanity.

Mr Obiaw was speaking at the closing session of a two-day national executive council meeting of the National Forestry Forum-Ghana, a civil society organization (CSO), held at the Washington View Hotel at Akyawkrom in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality.

It provided the platform to expose them to “community institutional and resource mapping tools.”

He appealed to the Forum to work hard towards promoting stakeholder dialogue to enhance sustainable management of the forest and its resources.

Mr Obiaw said it must do everything to help educate and adequately inform the people about happenings in the forestry sector.

It should become a driving force behind advocacy for good governance and efficient management of the nation’s forest.

Mr Kwame Asamoah-Dwomoh, National President of the Forum, said they would continue to undertake series of activities, including community education campaigns, forestry forums and advocacy to tackle the forest destruction.

He said they would encourage active participation of the people in forest governance to ensure transparency, accountability and equity. GNA

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