Government has been urged to post more rangers to Atewa Forest Reserve to complement efforts in protecting the precious forest . ...
Government has been urged to post more rangers to Atewa Forest Reserve to complement efforts in protecting the precious forest .
The Akyem Ampetiahene ,Barimah Owusu Boahene who placed the call argues that, inadequate rangers and logistics are impeding relentless efforts of the Forestry Commission in fighting against menace of illegal logging ,chainsawing,illegal mining and poaching in the forest reserve .
He said ,many wildlife species are in extinct as poachers invade the forest with impunity to hunt for bushmeat .
According to the Chief, the importance of forest reserve in providing quality air and other biological and economic importance cannot be downplayed hence the need for Ghana to protect the Atewa Forest Reserve .
He commended the Manager of Anyinam Range of Atewa Forest Reserve ,Palmer Aikens Amponsah for exhibiting courage in protecting the forest .
The Chief said this during a sensitization tour by the Forestry Commission of Ghana led by Mr.Palmer Aikens Amponsah and Kwame Oteng Awuah,both in charge of Atewa Forest reserve (Anyinam Zone) and Begoro Forest reserve .
The Begoro Forest Manager called on Chiefs in Akyem Abuakwa to help protect the Atewa Forest Reserve because of the impeccable significance of the Atewa Forest reserves .
He called on the Chiefs to support calls for the Atewa Forest to be declared a National Park for the communities along the forest to reap a long lasting economic and ecological benefits.
Government of Ghana has planned to mine bauxite deposit in the Atewa Forest Reserve by mortgaging the mineral through a $15 billion Chinese agreement.
The move has been met with stiff opposition by various environmental groups and activists who have been championing the need to turn the forest reserve into a National Park to continuously play its significant ecological roles alongside economic importance .