AROCHA Ghana ,an Environmental Organization, together with its partners ,such as USAID ,US Embassy and wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana on...
AROCHA Ghana ,an Environmental Organization, together with its partners ,such as USAID ,US Embassy and wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana on Saturday February 17,2018 marked World Pangolins Day in the Eastern Region.
Commemoration of the Day took place simultaneously at Nsutem and Bonsu ,both along the Accra to Kumasi Highways to create awareness about the importance of Pangolins and the need for their conservation.
The Organizers offered opportunity to Pupils from various schools to actively participate in the awareness exercise . The Eastern Regional Manager of AROCHA Ghana,Emmanuel Ackom said out of the eight (8) species of Pangolins Worldwide ,three could be found in Ghana but now endanger due to poaching and unsustainable harvesting as well as destruction of forest reserves.
He said ,pangolins are very important because it burrow the soil which improves nutrient quality of the Soil and aids the decomposition cycle ,additionally provide a healthy substrate for flush vegetation to grow among other things.
Mr.Ackom therefore opined that intensified public education and Enforcement need to be done to protect the endangered Pangolins in Ghana.
He expressed worry that, illegally harvested wild animals including Pangolins from Atewa Forest reserve are exhibited for sale at the Atewa stretch of the Accra to Kumasi Highways at the full glare of enforcement agencies with impunity.
He said, this is emboldening hunters and poachers as well as traders to continuousely engage in illegal wildlife trade in the country.
WILDLIFE DIVISION TO ARREST CULPRITS.
The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana however assured to intensify clamp down on Wildlife traffickers particularly traffickers of Pangolins .
Joseph Yaw Oppong, Public Relations Manager of Wildlife division of Ghana says it is collaborating with other law enforcement Institutions to arrest illegal hunters and Poachers depleting wildlife resources including endangered pangolin species in the Country .
Pangolins are the most trafficked Wildlife worldwide with average trafficking rate of 300 per day.It is estimated that,100,000 pangolins are smuggled every year from African countries including Ghana to Vietnam and China where it is of high demand for nutritious delicacy and scales deemed to have magical medicinal properties making the species very expensive .
A report released by China’s Public Security Bureau for Forests and the University of Oxford found that the average price for a kilogram of pangolin scales cost about $600.
However ,the Public Relations Manager of Wildlife division of the Forestry Commission, Joseph Yaw Oppong says “the forestry commission has resolved not to sit down for wildlife trafficking to happen in Ghana so we are collaborating with all the agencies especially the NGOs whose duty is the support the crack down against wild animal trafficking that’s why we are here with AROCHA to sign a warning to people and at same time educate the public about the need to protect the pangolins popular known in Ghana as Aprawa “.
He revealed that, the scales of Pangolins have been identified to posses properties similar to cocaine deepening demands for the endangered mammal therefore ,critical measures required for the protection of the few pangolins left in the country.