A retired Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Biology, University of Ghana, Legon, Professor Alfred Apau Oteng-Yeboah, has expressed worry over the rate at which Ghana is losing its biological resources.
He says that the country is fast losing its land resources due to changes in the use of land in a fashion he believes is not in the interest of the nation.
Professor Oteng-Yeboah is thus calling for Ghanaians to be cautious in how it treats its biological diversity.
“We are losing a lot of our biological resources purely for reasons of land use changes which are not really in the interest of our country but we don’t realize it. This is bringing an awareness to the fact that we need to be cautious about the way we treat our biological diversity because they provide the services which promote our well-being.
Speaking to the media after delivering an inaugural lecture at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Science auditorium, the Professor of Botany further called on relevant authorities to enforce laws to ensure that Ghana’s forest reserves were protected.
“We should make the laws work. We should make the institutions that are responsible for protecting our forest be able to do their work. If we allow them do their work, then we can be assured that our forests will bounce back,” he said
He also bemoaned the little show of interest by Ghanaians over the matter.
“We don’t care. Look at what happened at Parks and Gardens. How many have raised their voice to speak against it? Only the Ghanaian Times Newspaper did a report on it. We have some people who are vigilant and we wish more people will be vigilant and bring some of these things to the attention of the global world,” he lamented.
Department of Parks and Gardens cleared? …140 trees, 5,000 flowers etc cut down for construction of multi-purpose office complex – Ghanaian Times Report
“More than 140 trees covering a large swath of land have been cut down at the Department of Parks and Gardens (DPG) to pave way for a private multi-purpose office complex in Cantonments, Accra, a visit by the Ghanaian Times to the DPG on Tuesday in Accra has revealed.
At the time of the paper’s visit, the debris of the cut down trees had been cleared with construction material like sand, concrete blocks and gravels on site for the commencement of work. The Ghanaian Times gathered that about 5,000 flowers and other ornamental plants were destroyed leaving that place bare and barricaded.”
Ghana is fast losing rainforest
According to a Global Forest Watch report, Ghana is fast losing its rainforest at an alarming rate.
They estimate that there was a 60% increase in Ghana’s primary rainforest loss in 2018 compared to 2017, the highest in the world.
The rate at which the country is losing its forest reserves can be attributed to the increased activity of illegal mining and illegal logging in its forest regions.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor & Hendrina-Rose Bawa|universnewsroom.com