ACCRA, March 23 (Xinhua) — A Ghanaian official ordered the country’s Forestry Commission (FC) Tuesday to take steps to end all forms of mining in forest reserves to preserve the country’s biodiversity.
Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Abu Jinapor gave the order at a ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Forests, which fell on Sunday.
“Mining is one of the major factors derailing the work of the FC in preserving our forest reserves. I, therefore, urge you to take steps in the immediate term to flash out all those mining in forest reserves in the country,” Jinapor said.
“Ghana is committed to the global efforts to preserve and protect the natural forest cover and we shall spare no effort and resources in achieving this goal,” said the minister.
Ghana’s tropical rain forest is part of the Guinea Forest Region of West Africa, one of the world’s foremost biodiversity hotspots. Enditem