Savannah Region: Buipewura calls for attitudinal change towards environment

Buipewura stated that bad habit of  residents in engaging in commercial charcoal burning and illegal logging destroys the natural vegetation of the area

The paramount chief for the Buipe Traditional Council and vice-president of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs, Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor II, has reiterated calls for the people of Buipe and the Savannah Region to change their behaviour towards the environment.

Buipewura stated that bad habit of  residents in engaging in commercial charcoal burning and illegal logging destroys the natural vegetation of the area.

Speaking at the fourth edition of the Green Ghana Day Initiative in Buipe of the Savannah region, Jinapor urged residents to take the initiative seriously and participate actively to help restore the lost vegetation in the area.

“The rain pattern has changed [this] is as a result of our behaviour towards the environment. We do logging for charcoal and in the farms, we continue to cut down trees to clear the land for farming”, Jinapor said.

He assured the forestry department in the area his full support to make the tree planting a success and urged them to make seedlings available to the people.

The manager for the Buipe-Damongo district division of the Forestry Commission, George Atta on his part, revealed that out of the 10 million trees that will be planted across the nation this year, the Buipe-Damongo district is expected to plant 250,000 trees, including teak, mango, mahogany, cashew and cassia.

He added that despite some challenges, such as the long dry season and cattle grazing, there has been a survival rate of over 80% of the trees from 2021 to 2023.

The district chief executive for Central Gonja, Iddrisu Salia Kamara, called on residents to embark on better and more sustainable forest management and agricultural practices

Atta also urged the residents to continue planting as many trees as possible to combat climate change.

He advised residents to inculcate the habit of nurturing the trees.

The Green Ghana Day initiative was introduced by the Government of Ghana in 2021, designed to focus on aggressive afforestation and reforestation programmes to restore the country’s degraded forest cover.

The initiative from 2021 to 2023 last year has planted 40 million trees, while 10 million trees are expected to be planted this year.

Research from the Forestry Commission indicates that the planted trees are thriving, with a national average survival rate exceeding 80%.

Reporting by Tahiru Abdul-Washiru in the Savannah region

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