First National Forestry Confab Held

Dr. Alfred Tia Sugri.  (4)DR. Alfred Sugri Tia, a Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has tasked the agencies in the forestry sector to step up their monitoring activities to stem environmental degradation.

He said with a significant proportion of Ghana’s population depending on forests, there was the need to adopt all kinds of measures to stem over exploitation to ensure sustainable support and the livelihoods of more people.

“It is worth noting that Ghana’s forestry, wildlife and mining sectors account for a significant proportion of our Gross Domestic Product….These sectors have played important roles in Ghana’s recent, impressive growth rates of approximately six percent per year,” he said.

Dr. Tia said these in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after addressing the first National Forestry Conference on the theme: ‘The contribution of forests to Ghana’s economic development.’

The national conference, which was to commemorate the 100 years of forestry practice and 50 years of forestry research in Ghana, was jointly organised by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Forestry Commission, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology and Trpenbos International, Ghana.

Dr. Tia urged authorities responsible for mining to address issues related to the environmental impact of mining and mineral exploitation by effectively integrating the mining sector more efficiently into the economy.

He challenged the CSIR , the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, and other scientific bodies, to undertake out-research programmes that had direct impact on economic development, and to help prevent depletion and degradation of natural resources.

.He said in response to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Ghana had prepared 55 nationally appropriate mitigation actions, which had been mainstreamed into the national development policy framework which the ministries, departments and agencies were making use of.

He appealed to stakeholders to discuss how Ghana could manage the environmental and social impacts of the oil and gas industry and other associated developments, as well as how to opera-tionalise the new Climate Change Policy.

GNA

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