The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) the local chapter of Transparency International has called on the media to show much interest in climate change issues as much as they have shown in the Galamsey menace since climate change is another serious timed bomb awaiting to explode in the country.
According to Mr. Michael K. Boadi the Corporate Affairs Manager of GII, our country has been programmed in such a way that until the media give needed recognition to an issue, policy makers intend not to give needed attention to the issue.
It would be recalled that civil society organisations such as WACAM, ISODEC and co made frantic efforts to draw the attention of the country to the many risks associated with mining. However, authorities brushed over it until the media picked up the issue before it became a necessary debate in the country.
GII is therefore calling on the media to give the same needed attention to climate change issues to forestall the many challenges associated with climate change and especially with ‘Reducing Emission of Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)’.
REDD+ has emerged as a central policy instrument to halt land-use related emissions from developing countries. REDD+ goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks with the basis behind it being that developing countries would be financially compensated for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, the sustainable management of forests and the enhancement of forests carbon stocks.
Mr. Boadi was speaking to the media after a sensitization workshop organised for some media personnel in the Eastern Region town of Kade in the Kwaebibirem District on “Climate Change and Corruption Risks in Ghana’s REDD+”.
The corporate affairs manager used the opportunity to implore on the media to ask ‘relevant’ questions on Ghana’s readiness to deal with climate Change and REDD+ even as the nation prepares to go into the ‘planting for food and jobs’ project.
Story by :Kwasi Frimpong, Kade