An environmental non-governmental organization, Friends of the Earth (FOE) on Thursday called on the government to ensure the passage of the wildlife resources management bill to guard against the depletion of Ghana’s wildlife resources.
Addressing the media in Accra, the executive director of the FOE Theo Anderson said the Bill is critical to the future of Ghana’s environment and wildlife resources which is fast disappearing.
“The current level of illegal and unsustainable forest logging as well as other bad practices such as trapping, killing and trading of Ghana’s wildlife including rare and protected species, is dissipating Ghana’s forest and wildlife,” Anderson said.
He hopes that when this bill is passed, the laws will strengthen the protection of Ghana’s forest and wildlife.
The purpose of the Bill is to consolidate and revise the laws relating to wildlife and protected areas.
This is to incorporate the provisions of the various International Conventions, relating to wildlife, which Ghana has ratified into the domestic legislation.
The Bill further aims at involving the various wildlife host communities in the management of wildlife resources.
Ghana has lost more than seven million hectares of its forest cover in the last 100 years.
The country’s forest cover, which stood at 8.6 million hectares by the turn of the 19th century, now stands at 1.8 million hectares.
This is largely due to the activities of illegal miners and illegal timber operators. Enditem