MP for Bia West Cries over Ghana’s Lost Forests

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… Urges Sustainability of the Biosphere

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bia West Constituency in the Western Region, Dr. Augustine Tawiah, has expressed concerns for the state of Ghana’s diminished forests. He has therefore called for the sustainability of the biosphere.

He said in his bid to sensitize the people on the issue in his capacity as their MP, he will soon initiate a move to teach students in the Bia West constituency about how to sustain the Biosphere. Subsequently to this he has formed a club known as “Students for Bia Biosphere Sustainability Club”.

This is to ensure that the youth get proper understanding to enable them follow the rules for using and preserving the resources of the forest responsibly.

Dr. Tawiah made this known in an interview with in Parliament House on World Forestry Day which was marked on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

The MP further bemoaned the loss of large tracks of forest in his constituency, which used to abound in forest in years back.

He was however quick to maintain that in spite of this the biosphere is there and must be protected and sustained.

Dr. Tawiah indicated that forests are very crucial in human life for survival, because virgin forests supported life in terms of climate, fresh water and nutrition.

“Unfortunately, we have now cleared all the virgin forests, and now, we do not have anything to lean on,” he further bemoaned.

According to Dr. Tawiah, there are laws and policies to protect our forests, but unfortunately, people in most cases flout them to the detriment of our vital climatic enhancer (forest).

He suggests that the way forward now, is to help in altitudinal change towards the use of our forests, and also to tighten sanctions for offenders.

Source: S. O. Ankamah


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