Presby University pushes for protection of Primates in Ghana Presby University pushes for protection of Primates in Ghana
 Presbyterian University College,Ghana (PUCG) has issued a clarion call on Government of Ghana to prioritize  conservation and protection of Wildlife in the country. The... Presby University pushes for protection of Primates in Ghana
 Presbyterian University College,Ghana (PUCG) has issued a clarion call on Government of Ghana to prioritize  conservation and protection of Wildlife in the country.
The University has expressed fear over the high  poaching rate  in the country which is leading to alarming extermination of wildlife species hence most wildlife species are either threatened, endangered or near extinction in the country.
One of such endangered wildlife species,according to the University  is Primates despite its ecological and Pharmacological importance.

 

The situation has been blamed on obsolete Wildlife Laws and Weak enforcement.Civil Societies in Ghana recently called on Parliament to hasten the passage of the Wildlife Resource Management Bill to provide concerted efforts towards conserving the country’s wildlife resources.

This has become imperative because the law governing the management of the wildlife resources is out-dated and ineffective

The Presbyterian University College, Ghana (PUCG) as part of 16 months  project on conservation of endangered Primate Species in three Forest Reserves in Ghana namely, Atewa, Cape three Points and Tano -Off Forest with funding from Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund has been advocating for protection of endangered Primates in Ghana.

As part of the advocacy ,series of capacity buildings and awareness have been held.
The Project team also embarked on a massive march at  Akyem Kwarbeng, a fringe community of the Atewa Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region.
The march  witnessed many activists holding placards and share Flyers creating awareness on the need to protect primate species .
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) globally more than half of the World’s Primates are at risk of extinction.Without action these essential closest mammals to human beings would be annihilated from the world.
The Atewa Forest Reserve used to be a habitat for many primate species but due to poaching and destruction of habitats many of the wildlife species are threatened.
In December 2017, Scientists discovered a globally threatened White-naped Mangabey (Cercocebus lunulatus)in the Atewa Forest. The mangabey, a rare terrestrial monkey, classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Speaking to Environmental  News Agency(ENA) ,Dr.Edward Wiafe -Dean of Development Studies and Project Coordinator at Presbyterian University College said Primates are essential to tropical rainforests, pollinating trees and dispersing seeds across vital carbon stores hence are ecosystem engineers therefore imperative to be saved from extinction to avert negative implications. 
He said apart from these,primates are the closest biological relatives to human hence used in pharmaceutical research.
“primates are very critical to human survival because of the ecological engineering role the play and their importance in medical research.But it is a shame that in Ghana.In fact Ghana is the first country in the world to loss one of the endangered primates ,Miss Waldron’s red colobus,which is a disgrace “

Source:enaghana.com/story by Annor Obed (email: annorobed808@gmail.com)