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MINISTRY OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCE INAUGURATED ELEVEN BOARD MEMBERS

The Ministry Of Land and Natural Resources inaugurated eleven (11)board members of the forest plantation development. Namely:Nana Osei Ameyaw (chairman) ,Prof. Patrick K. Agbesinyale, Dr.  Marfo (member), Mad. Sylvia Nyanie (member), Mr. Kenneth Kodjo Ayin (co-opt), Mr. Domis Polycarp Hiadzi (member), Mr. Emmanuel Karsi Dorbodjo (co-opt), Mr. Charles Fynn (co-opt), Mr. George Dorkor (co-opt),Mrs. Philomena Serwaa Akoto Sam(co-opt), Mr, Benson Oduro (member).

Prof. Patrick K Agbesinyale who chaired the event emphasized that, "I personally, owe the Honorable Minister extra gratitude for his role in presenting an objective recommendation to His Excellency to consider me for this position. Deforestation is set to become one of the biggest challenges this century to Africa and Ghana in particular if not addressed properly and promptly. Climate change which is almost entirely caused by deforestation will become the biggest drain on the economy and its negative effects could cause serious socio-economic instability in the country".

According to him," the cause and effects of deforestation are too well known and need not be re-stated. This Government almost all past Government have not been unaware of this and have in one way or the other included a programme for vigorous plantation development in their National Development programmes to address this menace".

Again," the international community is very much aware of this burden on developing countries. In view of this and vis a vis the need of developing countries to maintain an average forest cover, the international community has provided financial support in the form of grants and low or no interest loans for developing countries to mitigate this. However, to be able to assess these facilities, a country needs to put in place a well planned and sustained plantation development programme for afforestation and prevention of illegal activities which bring about deforestation".

The Forest Plantation Development Fund (FPDF) Act was introduced with the intention of creating a body that will coordinate all activities of the Board from sourcing of funds to drafting schemes which will qualify the country to secure grants or loans to support national plantation programmes,he said".

The Hon. Minister of Land and Natural Resources Mr. John Peter Amewu encourage the Board members by saying, " it is important that members of this board will take their rules and responsibilities very seriously. We have the essence of climate change threatening across the sub-region and in Ghana. The climate change is visible. We see it as a result of human activity and It is not because natural activity. This is the president that believe in the environment. So if you are coming In to work in an area of that is related to an environment, it means you have to be extremely careful, because His eyes are on the environment. He also  want to make sure that things are done properly. Let work to make sure that, the vision of the president, the vision of this Government,and  the vision of New Patriotic Party Government comes to life".

MINISTRY OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCE INAUGURATED ELEVEN BOARD MEMBERS

MINISTRY OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCE INAUGURATED ELEVEN BOARD MEMBERS
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