Ghana makes progress bio-conservation

Atewa Forest

Ghana has recorded some improvement in its efforts towards conserving its forests, wildlife, and other parts of nature, the country’s chief forester said here on Friday.

The chief executive officer of the forestry commission Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie told stakeholders at an annual awards day that the progress made was critical in the country’s efforts towards Climate Change prevention and adaptation efforts.

“Contracts covering 25 million tree seedlings were executed by the commission with 654 contractors across the country,” he said.

In addition to that, he said an estimated total of 24 million seedlings had been planted, bringing total area planted to 26,865 hectares by the end of October.

He said this year’s forestry planting activities also resulted in the employment of 83,000 persons.

The commission undertook an aerial survey in collaboration with Bush Skies Aerial Photography of Namibia, to determine the state of Ghana’s protected wildlife.

“The preliminary wildlife results indicate that the population of several key species of wildlife is thriving well. These include 2,181 elephants; 31,842 kobs; 4,810 hartebeest; 7,103 roan antelopes; and 2,462 buffalos,” Owusu-Afriyie disclosed. Enditem

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