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Angry Chiefs instructs businessman to plant trees along Lake Bosomtwe

Source:ghanaweb.com


Chiefs around Lake Bosomtwe have instructed a businessman who is seen to have committed an offence when he fell about 500 trees along the banks of the Lake Bosomtwe.

The land which suffered the drastic deforestation is said to have been sold to one businessman whose name has been withheld by a caretaker chief around the area. In effect, the businessman has been asked to plant 59,800 trees in a space of five years. This measure was taken as a form of punishment for such an act and to as well deter others from engaging in such practices.

The Coordinator of the Asante Kingdom Landscape Restoration Programme, Fred Kyei stated “Our rules of engagement is that if you cut one of the trees planted under the auspices of the Manhyia Palace, you have to replace it with 100. So the private developer is expected to plant 59,800 trees and manage them within a period of five years before handing over to the fringe communities. We don’t set rules and just leave it like that, there will be enforcement”. 

The chiefs of the locality have thereby been summoned for an effective education on the need to plant trees to protect the water bodies.

Sadly, trees have continually been cut down which has resulted gradually becoming an endangered species. In Ghana, most people cut down trees for fire wood, charcoal, construction without taking into consideration that the human and animal race is heavily dependent on the existence of trees. It is an offence in the country to illegally cut down trees yet in a 2018 survey conducted by the Global Forest Watch (GFW), there was an increase rate of sixty percent forest loss as compared to 2017 statistics. This has caused the drastic deterioration of our natural ecosystem.

In order to prevent future disasters, criminal laws governing tree felling should be reinforced and adhered to ensure that our forest zones are protected for future generation. In relation to this, let us consciously plant trees for the benefit of all.

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Fred Kyei Lake Bosomtwe Landscape Restoration Programme

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