A Rocha Ghana has organized a forest forum for stakeholders in and around the Atewa forest on the need to keep and sustain the forest reserve for biodiversity, livelihood and future gains.
The forest forum provides a neutral platform for all forest stakeholders to dialogue and share ideas to promote good forest governance. The forum was organized in Asamankese and Kwabeng and brought together stakeholders from the Forestry Commission, Water Resources Commission, Religious Bodies, and the District Assemblies among others.
The forum was on the theme “Strengthening the position and role of communities making processes and management of Atewa forest reserve.
In a speech, Mr. Emmanuel Akom, the project Manager, A Rocha Ghana, said A Rocha sought to support and enhance the important biologically areas, ecosystems and species of the reserve and looked for alternatives for communities whose livelihood depended on it.
He said the forest had been under several threats from illegal hunting, farm encroachment, small scale and illegal miners, illegal logging, and other human activities, which has led to the depletion of part of the reserve. A Rocha is working with the Forestry Commission, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and other stakeholders to make Atewa a National Park.