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MARCH 21st, 2019 IS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS
Posted: 14 Mar 2019

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MARCH 21st, 2019, IS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS

March 21st of every year has been declared as the International Day of Forests. It is a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness on the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in collaboration with the Forestry Commission and other stakeholders will observe the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2019. The global theme for the celebration of the International Day of Forests 2019 is “Forests and Education”.

The UN however, allows member states to adapt the date of the celebration of the International Day of Forests to suit their peculiar circumstances. Ghana therefore, has settled on the month of June every year, for the celebration of the Day to coincide with the major rainy and planting season. This year’s celebration, the eighth since its inception, will be observed from June 10 - 14, 2019. Ghana has however, carved a theme out of the global one, to suit its peculiar circumstances, which is “Forests and Education, our Responsibility”.

The choice of the theme for the celebration is meant to provide the opportunity to educate the general public on the tremendous potentials of forests toward the sustainability of our lives and the economy in general.

 Deforestation and forest degradation through illegal forest activities, is perhaps the greatest challenge to forest management today and the consequences are being manifested through adverse climate change impacts. Some them are drying up of many water bodies, extinction of prime timber species, destruction of wildlife habitats, high temperatures and rise in sea levels, unreliable rainfall patterns and food insecurity. The global theme for this year’s celebration is therefore timely in that it will involve all and sundry to educate one another on the importance of forests and trees in human lives and the need to protect our forest resources against wanton destruction.

The celebration will be held in the Bono Regional Capital of Sunyani. Forests in and around Sunyani have not been spared the reckless destruction and this unfortunate phenomenon has resulted in a rapid rate of environmental degradation in its entirety.

Educating the general populace is one of the ways through which we can restore the nation’s depleted forests. This involves awareness creation, sensitisation and behavioural change approaches to forest protection, development and participatory planning and management.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in collaboration with Forestry Commission and other stakeholders will engage in massive education programmes targeting especially, the youth of the country, who are the future leaders and policy makers on the need to protect and conserve forests.

This  collaboration will be extended to  schools, communities, farmers groups, youth organisations, CSOs / NGos and others to educate the public on forest conservation activities, using the various media platforms. 

Massive tree planting exercises will go on in all regions and districts throughout the country to commemorate the event, all aimed at improving the nation’s forest cover and protecting our forests.

Activities earmarked for this year’s week-long celebration are.

  1. Launch of 8th Forestry Week & Greening Ghana Day Celebration.
  2. Inter-schools quiz competition on Sustainable Forest Management Practices.
  3. Tree Planting exercises.
  4. Massive educational campaigns on  various media platforms throughout the country.
  5. Grand Durbar of Stakeholders.

The general public is kindly invited to join in the celebration of this important event as it is our collective responsibility to create awareness on the need to conserve and grow our forests for the present and future generations.

Issued by the Chief Executive

Forestry Commission

Accra

March 21, 2019

 

For further information, contact:

The Corporate Affairs & Media Relations Unit

Forestry Commission

Tel: 0302-401210/401216

Email: info.hq@fcghana.org

Website: www.fcghana.org

 

 

 

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