Documentary Launch: Living Water from the Mountain

Documentary Launch

The screening and launching of a video documentary on the state of water from the Atewa Forest Reserve was organized at the Coconut Groove Regency Hotel in Accra on Thursday, December 17, 2015. The media event which was jointly organized by A Rocha Ghana and the Netherlands Embassy brought together some media houses, including television, radio and print media. The event also had in attendance various stakeholders within the forest sector and some community members and leaders.

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  • Invited Guest previewing the documentary

Representatives from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) as well as the Technical Director for Forestry, Mr. Musa Abu-Juam and Mr. Joseph Osiakwan, Principal Planning Officer/Policy Coordinator at the Ministry and other partner institutions including the Forestry Commission (FC), Water Resources Commission (WRC) and colleague civil society organizations were also present

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  • Mr. David Kpelle from the Forestry Commission addressing the audience

As part of the event, a joint press statement was issued by A Rocha Ghana and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra calling for the long-term security and sustainability of Ghana’s natural water provisioning systems.

  • Mr. Daryl Bosu, reading the Press Statement

All who spoke at the event urged the media to lead the advocacy to sensitize the citizenry against the gradual destruction of the forest.  Mr. Fred Smeit, The Secretary for Climate Change and Water at the Netherlands Embassy said they supported the project due to the importance of the forest to the lives of the people.

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  • Mr. Fred Smeit, granting an interview with the media

He indicated that if proper measures were not put in place to protect the forest, about five million people in the Eastern and Greater Accra Regions would be denied access to potable water. The National Director for A Rocha Ghana, Mr. Seth Appiah-Kubi, said for the country to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Goal Six on Water and Sanitation, every citizen had to play a part in protecting the environment and water bodies.

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