ACCRA– Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Peter Amewu has called on the newly inaugurated board members of Ghana’s Forest Plantation Development Fund to come up with ideas to tackle the menace of illegal mining, which has engulfed the country’s forest cover.
Speaking at the inauguration of the 11-member board which oversees the implementation of the Forest Plantation Development Fund here Tuesday, he also urged them to provide policy guidance, review progress of the programme and approve budgets for operational activities.
Amewu said forest plantations played a critical role in the development of the country and he urged them to come up with strategies to deal with climate change, since the menace was caused by human activities.
In order to improve the livelihoods of the people; the Fund had been initiated to create massive employment through the establishment of forest plantations across the country. The programme aims at planting trees as a means of creating jobs through tree seedling production, forest fire prevention, and to enhance Ghana’s efforts at reducing greenhouse gases emission.
He also asked the board members to encourage investments in forest plantation development through incentives and any other benefits, facilitate best practices for optimum timber plantation establishment and management.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK