Eu raises alarm over Ghana’s forest degradation

The European Union (EU) has cautioned Ghana to be proactive in restoring its degraded forest and tree cover in the wake of the changing climatic conditions.

“The government needs to take drastic action to reverse the trend for the sustenance of the ecology,” Ms Diana Acconcia, the EU Ambassador to Ghana, noted, saying it was imperative that a lot of investment went into re-afforestation.

Addressing a workshop in Kumasi dubbed: “Re-greening Ghana”, she indicated that the nation’s forest and tree cover currently stands at about 26 per cent per the EU records. The situation had been compounded by the mass illegal felling of trees, indiscriminate bush fires, urbanization and other development projects.

According to the Forestry Commission (FC), the current rate of Ghana’s forest depletion was two per cent of the remaining 1.6 million hectares of forest cover every year, due to illegal logging.

The nation had 8.2 million hectares of forest cover at the turn of the Century.

The programme, hosted by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), was in line with the ‘EU’s Climate Diplomacy Week’, which is designed to raise awareness on climate change issues.

 by: Prince Baffour Asamoah

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