Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) have been urged to integrate environmental related issues into both short term and long term development planning programs for a sustainable Development .
A-Rocha Ghana, a civil society organization focused on the protection of the environment is embarking on a sensitization exercise for all 7 Municipal and districts Assemblies around the Atewa forest reserve on ways to”integrate ecosystem services and sustainable development goals(SDGs) into their 2018-2021 Medium Term Development Plans”.
Speaking to the media at Asamankese in the Eastern Region , Mr. Daryl Bosu, the National Deputy Director of A-Rocha Ghana stated that it is imperative for the MDA’s to integrate environment related issues into their development planning to ensure sustainability of natural resources .
He explained , the workshop seeks to sensitize all stakeholders involved in the development planning process in the various districts to find means of harmonizing environmental issues into the development planning and budgeting to ensure that developments do not disadvantage the environment .
Mr. Eric Adomako, Municipal planning officer of the Lower West Akyem Municipality stated that, the workshop is timely since preparation is underway to draw the medium term development plan of the Assembly
He added that what they have learnt as an assembly will impart positively on their plan so that they do not sacrifice ecosystem services for development.
” What we have learnt tell us that we do not just have to bring down forest because we want to construct road or build school, and if it becomes necessary that we have to do so, then we must find an alternative means of reafforesting the part that has been deforested” he said.
The exponential population growth and poor enforcement of environmental laws have rendered Ghana’s environment vulnerable to degradation The over exploitation of the natural resources for development is depleting the environment while menace such as illegal mining, illegal logging, deforestation, improper waste disposal , uncontrolled carbon emissions particularly from rickety vehicles among other anthropogenic activities are seriously affecting the quality of the environment the peril of human lives .
Ghana’s President ,Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has resolved to protect the environment for the future generation.
Taken the bull by the horn,the government is clamping down on illegal mining ,a menace which has led to the wanton destruction of water bodies,arable land and forest reserves.
Story by Gilbert Frimpong
Editor : Kojo Ansah