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12.06.2007 General News

75,000 hectares of forest deplete annually

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About 75,000 hectares of forests is depleted annually in the country through many factors and activities, Mr Thomas Osei-Owusu, Coordinator of the Green Earth Organization has stated.

He said a research conducted by the Forestry Commission, indicated that if the trend of depletion continued there would be no forests in the country by the year 2010.

Mr Osei-Owusu was speaking at a symposium organized by the Green Earth Organization to mark the World Environment Day celebration in Kumasi at the weekend.

He said some of the causes of the depletion are over logging, illegal activities of chainsaw operators and subsistence farming practices.

Mr Osei-Owusu appealed to the law enforcement agencies to team up with the Forest Services Division to check such practices to help conserve and preserve the forests for posterity.

Source: GNA

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