The US embassy and A-Rocha Ghana, a non-governmental organisation focused on the environment, had organised a symposium at Bunso in the East Akyem District on environmental degradation to commemorate the World Earth Day.
Speakers at the programme, organised at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Science on the theme “our Forest in Harmony with Our Cities” stressed the need for Ghana to adopt stringent measures in curbing activities that degrade the forest and the environment.
Activities such as illegal mining, lumbering and hunting were noted as degrading and a threat to the ecosystem and the entire environment with dire consequences on climate change effects.
Mr Seth Appiah-Kubi, Director of A-Rocha Ghana, called on the public to stop any form of burning which emit smoke that polluted the environment and affect the health and socio-economic development of people.
He cited the Atiwa forest which has suffered serious devastation from human activities and said human existence had a link with the natural resources such as the forest and elements of the environment.
He expressed the hope that with the collaboration of all stakeholders, the public would appreciate the need to protect the forests and environment from further degradation to ensure our own sustenance.
Mr Kent Healy, Regional Officer on the Environment at the US Embassy, expressed worry over the extent of degradation of Ghana’s forest cover including the Atiwa forest and called on all stakeholders to intensify their efforts.
Mr Patrick Arhin, a representative from the East Akyem Municipality, called for the establishment of environmental clubs in schools.
He said through the school clubs, members of the various clubs would serve as agents of change of the environment and commended A- Rocha Ghana for taking the initiative to organise the symposium to drum home the need to conserve the environmental.
Earlier, participants who included officials from the US Embassy, Water Resources Commission (WRC), Save the Frogs, Ghana, and students who participated took a hike to the Atiwa Forest Reserve. GNA