Deal ruthlessly with persons cutting down trees illegally- Asantehene to FC

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The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II,
has charged the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Forestry Commission, Mr Owusu
Afriyie and his team to work hard to help preserve Ghana’s forest reserve and
protect it from further destruction.

He also charged some of traditional
authorities whose activities are causing degradation of natural resources to
stay away from it and come on board to support the worth cost of planting more
trees to be lead by forestry commission.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was speaking to a delegation from Forestry Commission led by Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie a.k.a Sir John at Manhyia Palace- when the team paid a courtesy call on him to explain to him measures adopted by the commission together with Manhyia Palace towards the Lake Bosomtwe Landscape Restoration Project, being implemented by the traditional ruler.

The project is in
collaboration with Oheneba Poku Foundation and seeks to plant some 2.5 million
trees over a five-year period in Lake Bosomtwe basin.

The landscape restoration intervention project will
cover around 4,000 hectares.

The project would ultimately help contribute to
improve the ecosystem, service provision, climate change mitigation, and
improved environmental consciousness among inhabitants of fringe communities
around the lake.

Other stakeholders include the Forestry Commission,
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Water Resources Commission, the
Ghana Tourism Authority, UNESCO, the District Assemblies of Bosome-Freho and
Bosumtwe, and the Lake Bosomtwe Community Resources Management Areas (CREMA),
an NGO.

The project will adopt multiple schemes for tree
planting, particularly a mixture of agro-forestry and pure plantation
approaches will be adopted.

The delegation was
also at the palace to pay homage to the Asantehene, who sat in state to receive
visitors in commemoration of the Awukudae.

The Asantehene said there was the need
for authorities to do much more to prevent the wanton destruction of Ghana’s
forest reserves and charged the Commission to strictly enforce the laws on the
illegal logging of trees.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II stressed the need
for the Forestry Commission to strictly deal with people who cut down trees illegally.

He commended the Commission for the
interest in the Project and further asked them to liaise with the Amakomhene,
Nana Adu Mensah Asare, who is the Chairman for the Implementation to determine when
to plant the first tree to signify the commencement of the project.

On his part, the CEO of Forestry Commission,
Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie assured Otumfuo that his outfit would work assiduously
to protect and preserve Ghana’s forestry reserves in the region.

He revealed the commission would provide the 2.5 million seedlings for the project.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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