He expressed regret that the rate at which the nation’s forest reserves and off reserves were being destroyed was very alarming and that it was destroying the watershed protection function of the forests.
Mr Afari-Dartey was answering questions from members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Land and Forestry at a workshop on Forestry and Environmental Concepts organized for them at Koforidua.
According to the Chief Executive, health problems such as respiratory diseases emanate from the loss of the forest cover and that all hands must be put on deck to save Ghana’s forests from further destruction.
“Forestry Commission alone cannot control deforestation and degradation in this country; if community leaders and members will look on for the forests and land to be destroyed by illegal miners and tree felling then the challenge will persist,” he stressed.
Mr Afari-Dartey called for support from communities, land owners, law enforcement agencies and the judiciary to save Ghana’s natural resources from further destruction.
He however said a lot depended on stakeholders and technocrats to be creative in solving the problem.
“Mostly, those of us who are supposed to be policing our resources are rather those facilitating the destruction; we are part of the problem,” he said.
The Forestry Commission organized the workshop for the Parliamentary Select Committee to enable the members have a better understanding of the forest sector.
Alhaji Amadu Seidu, Chairman of the Select Committee, said the knowledge gained would help the Committee perform its oversight responsibility well to help improve the forestry sector.
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