Ghana as a country has been challenged as a matter of urgency to swiftly pass the Wildlife Resources and Management Bill which is currently with Cabinet awaiting accent to be resubmitted to Parliament.
Since delay in passing the bill will cause the country a severe harm.
This bill when passed would address challenges facing wildlife administration in Ghana as well as protect wildlife zones all around the country
Over the years, Ghana’s Wildlife Resources have been under intense threat from activities such as illegal mining, settlement, encroachment, farming, poaching and chainsaw operations.
It obvious that, if the situation is not properly checked, it will lead to the extinction of some wild life species. The menace will also lead to huge revenue loss for the economy.
It is in this regard, Friends of The Earth (FOE) Ghana, an environmental non-governmental organization and its partners are pressing on government and other policy makers in the county to pass the Wildlife Resources and Management Bill as soon as possible.
Since there are over 18 different laws governing Wildlife Management in Ghana some parts of most of these laws have been rendered redundant because of repeals and changing trends in Wildlife Management globally.
In an interview with the Managing Campaigner of EcoCare Ghana, Mr. Obed Owusu-Addai, during media and private sector engagement forum organised by Friends of The Earth (FOE) Ghana in Accra, he explained that the purpose of the Bill is to consolidate and revise the laws relating to wildlife protected areas.
The Bill further aims at involving in the management of wildlife resources the rural communities that are host to Ghana’s Wildlife.
A critical concept captured in the wildlife Resources Management Bill, and which is very relevant to the management of wildlife and forest resources by host communities, is the Community Resource Management Area (CREMA).
According to him, new innovative and collaborative approaches such as the Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) and PAMABs needed to be recognized in law.
Trajectory of current Wildlife Management Bill:
• At the later part of 2017 Civil Society began discussions on resurrecting the Bill
• Through advocacy the Ministry resubmitted the Bill with “fresh” amendments to AGs department before sending it to Cabinet.
• The Bill is currently with Cabinet awaiting accent to be resubmitted to Parliament
• Whiles it’s at the Cabinet level, there is very little that Civil Society can do to influence the content.
Source :Isaac Kofi Dzokpo /NewsGhana.com.gh