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10.01.2007 General News

Greening Ghana Project Hailed

By A.A. Mbord, Chiana
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THE Ghana at 50 Planning Committee has been commended for initiating the Greening Ghana project.
Under the project, about five million trees are being planted across the country, and Zenabu Wasai King, Upper East Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has described this as 'a step in the right direction.'
Mrs King made the observation at a durbar to mark this year’s World Environment Day at Chiana in the Kassena Nankana district. It was on the theme, 'Deserts and Desertification – Do not desert dry lands.'
She said the initiative was in line with the EPA’s programme to reverse the depletion of the nation’s forest resources. Ghana Environmental Policy has been developed to prevent the exploitative use of the country’s natural resources that damages the ecological balance.
The Upper East Region with its abundant natural resources, is basically confronted with the chronic problems of desertification, soil erosion, bushfires, poor sanitation, degradation and pollution caused mainly by bush fires, she pointed out.
She appealed to all stakeholders, including traditional authorities, to take up the crusade against bush fires.
The Regional Minister, Mr Boniface Gambila, who described the region as the 'epicenrtre of dry lands' attributed the high poverty levels in the region to bad environmental practices.
He said to curb the situation, the Greening Ghana Initiatives must be embraced by all to achieve its target of planting five million trees nationwide.

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