The Forestry Research Institute of Ghana has launched a strategic plan to promote efficient management of the nation’s natural forests and their biodiversity conservation.
Its director, Dr. Daniel Aniagyei Ofori, says other goals of the plan include developing technologies for plantation forestry and the mobilization, generation, processing and dissemination of information critical to the management of forest resources.
This ties in with the effort to position the institute as a leading research institution to strengthen its contribution to the protection of forests and their resources.
The plan was formally launched Monday at the the institute’s annual review meeting held with key stakeholders at Fumesua, near Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti Region (Province), about 250 kilometres northwest of here. “Making forestry research relevant to end users” is the theme of the three-day meeting.
Dr. Ofori said the institute was focusing on three priority areas — sustainable resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation and livelihood improvement. This involved engaging in “research for development, resource mobilization, visibility of FORIG, capacity building and systems management”.
He said the institute was taking deliberate steps to link up with key stakeholders to make its research activities demand-driven and commercially viable.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK