|Symposium On Climate Change Held|
|Wednesday, 20 January 2010 09:25|
A day’s symposium on the effects of climate change and the need to conserve nature through tree planting has been held in Techiman.
The event, a collaboration between the Environmentally Concerned Citizens Association of Ghana and the Municipal office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), attracted participants from the Municipal Assembly, Municipal Education Directorate, civil society organisations, school children, traditional authorities and other government departments.
In an address, the founder and National President of the Association Mr. J.Y. Aidoo said his group is involved in a national tree planting exercise on the theme: “Green environment for a better Ghana” soon to be launched by President John Evans Atta Mills.
Mr. Aidoo said 300 youth will be employed in each of the 170 districts to be covered under the programme and urged traditional authorities to release lands to interested youth to take advantage of the programme adding that, these lands will be paid for.
In a contribution, Madam Augustine Quarm Gender coordinator of the Association urged women to endeavour to form groups under the Association to access funding to engage in other income generating activities in order to improve their lot.
Mr. Kwaku Adjei Kwakye who deputised for the Municipal Director of Education said due to the need to protect nature, environmental conservation has been made part of the school curricular under which schools practice control of erosion, tree planting and the correct disposal of garbage.
The Municipal head of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Mr. Awudu Tahiru, stressed the need to protect trees by avoiding bush-burning and indiscriminate felling of trees, adding that, this has adverse implications for water bodies. He took the gathering through various precautionary measures to avoid fires.
The Municipal Coordinator of NADMO, Mr. Jibreel Kesse Labib enumerated instances within the Municipality where land around water bodies have been encroached upon leading to their pollution or drying up.
A representative of the Municipal office of the Forestry Commission Mr. Godwin Yevenu who spoke on the benefits of trees said they serve as a source of medicine, food and also protects water bodies amongst others. He asked communities to help the Commission to prevent illegal tree felling.
In his closing remarks, the Presiding Member of the Techiman Municipal Assembly, Hon. Adjei Mensah who chaired the function, said there is no doubt that climate change has adverse implications for agriculture and food sufficiency and hoped that all stakeholders will live up to expectation to help minimise its impact on the country.