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12.10.2008 Travel & Tourism

Ghana Tourist Board organises tree planting to mark Tourism Day

By GNA

Ghana Tourist Board (GTB) has organized a tree planting exercise along the 4.5 kilometre feeder road from the Adasewase community to Tini Waterfalls in the Atiwa District as part of activities marking the Eastern Regional Tourism Day.

The trees were planted to provide shade to hikers and tourists using the road to the waterfalls, as well as contribute to the greening of Ghana to mitigate the effects of global climate change.

The initiative was under the theme: “Tourism responding to the challenges of climate change”.

The Regional Director of the GTB, Mr Sampson Donkor, who led the chiefs and people of Adasewase to plant the trees appealed to the communities to desist from acts that destroy the environment.

Mr Donkor said Ghana was billed to host the World Tourism Day next year and that there was the need to plant more trees to lift the image of tourism countrywide.

He called on the people to support the GTB by promoting activities that would boost the development of tourism.

The Chief of Adasewase, Nana Kofi Tia II, said apart from preserving the environment, tourism also generates foreign earnings which is use to develop the country.

“In the olden days our forefathers practice a system where farming activities never depleted the forest because by their understanding, you replace when you cut.”

Nana Tia called on school children who took part in the tree planting exercise to educate their parents and members of their households to protect the trees.

The District Chief Executive for Atiwa, Mr Kwasi Agyepong, thanked the GTB for planting the trees along the road to boost tourism in the area.

He said the Atiwa catchments had a lot of tourist attractions which needed to be developed, adding that the assembly was prepared to collaborate with the GTB to initiate projects and activities to make the district a leading tourist attraction.

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