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There are lots of forests reserves in Ghana, for that reason, they are protected under the laws of Ghana. These areas are normally protected to protect species that are suspected to go extinct. Another reason is to adequately ensure maintenance in order to increase the population of a particular species. However, the financial aspect of these areas is their ability to generate revenue through tourism.
In acknowledging the celebration of the United Nations (UN) International Day of Forest on the global theme "Forests and Sustainable Production and Consumption", the Member of Parliament for Gomoa East, Desmond De-graft Paitoo indicated that, the forests in Ghana are under criminal attacks.
He established that, there has been an increase in these criminal activities. A few of the criminal activities he made connections with were Illegal mining in these areas, illegal lumbering, logging, overgrazing, fuelwood extraction, and irregular farming.
He established that, these attacks on the forest areas of Ghana have made Ghana the third most deforested country out of 65 nations that were studied by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).
For this reason, he has called on all law enforcement agencies to provide measures that would stop the criminal activities in these areas.
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