GII holds e-learning w/shop in Sunyani

Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of Transparency International (TI) has organised an e-learning workshop in Sunyani for a cross-section of people on the REDD+ Governance and Finance Integrity for Africa project.

REDD+ is the acronym for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

It is a mechanism designed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to enhance the role of forests in curbing climate change and being spearheaded to fight activities that contribute to climate change.

In Ghana, the REDD+ Governance and Finance Integrity for Africa project had been running for the past three years in forest-fringed communities in Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Eastern, Western, Central and Volta regions.

As part of the project, GII had been engaging communities through various engagement programmes such as multi-stakeholder platforms, e-learning and tutorials on advocacy and legal advice centre, also called ALAC.

The e-learning workshop in Sunyani was attended by some third and fourth year students of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, the media, officials of the Forestry Services Division of the Forestry Commission, the Police Service, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and some Civil Society Organisations, among others.

Programmes Officer of GII, Jacob Tetteh Ahuno said in an interview with the Ghanaian Times that people living in forest-fringe communities should be vigilant and protect the forest from wanton destruction by any person or group of persons.

“People should not only be concerned about the monetary benefits of the forests but should also note that there are a lot of non-monetary benefits as well. These include rainfall, air and a congenial environmental atmosphere for human survival,” he noted.

In view of this, he added, people must consciously guard against all acts that tend to degrade the environment.

Mr Tetteh Ahuno said it was the responsibility of every citizen to help fight corruption by reporting people who engage in corrupt practices to the appropriate quarters for action to be taken against them.

Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani

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