The John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Forestry Commission, National Biodiversity Committee and NYCOB Enterprise Consortium have formed a network to conserve Ghana’s depleting biodiversity and ecosystem.
The Foundation and its partners are undertaking the Advocacy for Biodiversity Offsetting in Ghana (ABOG) project.
The project in Ghana is geared towards supporting the EPA in facilitating a series of broad stakeholder consultative processes and roundtable discussions with multiple stakeholders, including key government and private sector actors in examining existing government policies, acts and strategy documents that relate to biodiversity conservation.
It will help identify gaps that may have led to increased loss of the country’s biodiversity, craft guidelines for biodiversity offsetting in Ghana and train practitioners on its use.
Speaking at ABOG Advocacy Group’s press briefing held at the JAK Foundation Office on Wednesday in Accra, former President Kufuor observed that the environment was indispensable to the development of the country and must be protected at all times.
Mr. Kufuor called for good governance practices to ensure the sustainable management of the environment.
He said the job carried out by the Advocacy Group on December 22, 2015 was for the good of humanity.
Director of Natural Resources at the EPA, Carl Fiati, contributing to the discussion, said that Ghana was gradually heading towards what he termed an ecological disaster.
According to him, the country has lost some value in terms of biological conversation and ecosystem services.
Chairman of ABOG, Yaw Osei-Owusu, said the scheme was put together to educate businesses concerning their impact on the environment.
He said the ABOG Advocacy Group shall continue to engage businesses to help offset the adverse impact of their operations.
The Group will from April 2016 to March 2017 develop Offsetting Trading Channels, profile endangered species and threatened ecosystems, as well as encourage biodiversity credit marketing, among others.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that it shall work to improve biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity across the country.
BY Melvin Tarlue