According to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) representative to Ghana, Mr. Tirso Dos-Santos, that would go a long way to promote and enhance the tourism potentials of the country.
He made the call, yesterday, at the 2016 Ghana Garden and Flower Show Conference held at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra.
The theme for the conference was ‘Dream it, discover it, live it, Eco-tourism and the UN Sustainable Development Goals’.
Mr. Dos-Santos said eco-tourism was a major goal for any developing country, adding that it does not only enhance the beauty of the surroundings, but also help alleviate poverty.
“Eco-tourism contributes to national development in many ways and the Ghana Garden and Flower Movement has created the platform for others to tap in,” he added.
Mr. Dos-Santos stressed on the need to mobilise means required to implement the SDGs through a revitalised global partnership based on the spirit of global solidarity with focus on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in the country.
The Director of Operations, Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, The Reverend David Kpelle, was of the view that eco-tourism should be considered as a tool for conservation and national development.
“Eco-tourism must be promoted irrespective of one’s location, since it creates employment for most citizens in the rural areas of the country”.
“Eco-tourism is about creating a favourable environment for relaxation and also an opportunity to help the country achieve the SDGs by the UN,” he observed.
He said the Forestry Commission will continue partnering the Ghana garden and flower show to create the needed awareness about how best our environment can be preserved to enhance development.
On his part, the president of the Ghana Flower Growers Association, Mr. Ebenezer Abuaku, commended the organisers of the show (Strategic Communications Africa Limited) for setting the pace in the promotion of flower and gardening culture in Ghana.
He also urged organisers of the event to render much attention to rural dwellers through other languages to help effectively meet the aim of the fair.
The Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Communications Africa, Madam Esther Cobbah, said the main focus of the Ghana Garden and Flower movement has to enhance environmental conservation and the protection of the earth which Gardens and Flowers promoted.
She advised Ghanaians to cultivate plants that keep us healthy at all times to prevent unexpected and excessive medical expenses.
“Let’s all do our best as a nation in creating a favourable environment for flowers to triumph among us to help meet the SDGs of the UN,” she added.
In her remarks, the chairperson for the conference, Mrs. Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, said it was the duty of all to play his/her part in the tourism sector through gardening and flowers to help meet the SDGs by the UN.
She called on media practitioners in the country to shift attention from political oriented issues to that which adds value to the eco-tourism sector of the country.
By Daniel N. Amparbeng and Benedicta Folley