President Nana Akufo-Addo has emphasised the need for solutions to tackle climate change and its adverse effects, as it impacts on survival and poses threats to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to Mr Akufo-Addo: “Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to the achievements of the SDGs, and it is fast becoming a developmental issue of great concern to most leaders across the world as it impacts on the fundamentals of our survival on earth.”
For him, reducing emissions, dealing with deforestation and forest degradation, as well as other negative environmental factors should not be a matter to take lightly and should be of great concern to everybody.
Speaking at a deforestation event organised by the National REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation Conservation of Forests, Sustainable Forest Management and Enhancement of Carbon Stocks) initiative at the International Conference Center in Accra on Thursday, 19th October 2017 on the theme, “Strengthening law enforcement for effective Redd implementation”, Mr Akufo-Addo pointed out that floods, droughts, severe and extreme weather conditions and erratic rainfall patterns, among others, are some of the impacts of climate change, and these are unpleasant occurrences which the world should be concerned about.
President Akufo-Addo pointed out that it is for this reason that government has rolled out the Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD Programme (GCFRP), expected to be coordinated by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the National REDD Secretariat under the Forestry Commission in partnership with other stakeholders, including civil society, traditional authorities and the public and private sectors.
The $199-million programme is expected to significantly reduce deforestation and degradation.
The programme is part of the National REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation Conservation of Forests, Sustainable Forest Management and Enhancement of Carbon Stocks) initiative.
To this end, Mr Akufo-Addo called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to ensure that the objective of tackling climate change is achieved.