Govt vows to strengthen laws to conserve Ghana`s natural resources
| Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 9:37pm
President Akufo-Addo with Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo
President Akufo-Addo speaking at the forum
President Akufo-Addo says there is no way the government will back down on its fight against galamsey and other practices that degrade the environment.
He stated this at the 2nd National Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, REDD PLUS, forum in Accra.
The President stressed that the government will strengthen and enforce the laws that govern and manage natural resources.
The Government is currently leading a national crusade against illegal mining and this has received support from most Ghanaians.
President Akufo-Addo told participants at the REDD PLUS forum that government is in full support of actions that prevent forest degradation and deforestation and will not allow the selfish interest of a few people to undermine the national efforts to deal with the galamsey menace.
As part of Global efforts to Curb and reverse the menace of Global warming, Ghana committed itself to ongoing initiatives to mitigate climate change.
One of such mechanisms in the forestry sector is the REDD plus which is part UN Framework Convention of Climate Change. It seeks to provide incentives to Developing countries to reduce emissions form deforestation and degradation.
President Akufo-Addo said the adoption of the REDP PLUS strategy will make the forestry and agriculture sub sectors more productive and resistant to climate change.
He indicated that actions being taken by the various institutions to protect the environment should be embraced by all stakeholders including security agencies stop activities that contribute to climate change.
President Akufo-Addo encouraged Ghanaians to plant trees as their contribution to building a nation that is sensitive to environmental conservation.
The Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo promised to ensure speedy trial of anybody whose action results in environmental degradation.
The minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu said government will succeed with the fight against negative practices which are not healthy for the environment.