Massive Support to Save the Atewa Forest at the Maiden REDD+ Forum in Accra

I am for #Atewa National Park

Participants at the maiden national REDD+ forum organized by the REDD+ secretariat of the Forestry Commission of Ghana on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 showed their unflinching support for the campaign to re-designate Atewa Forest into a National Park. The forum which was under the theme, Conserving our Forest for Better Lives and Better Climate had in attendance the Ex-President of Ghana, His Excellency, Dr. John Agyekum Kuffour, who is also the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change as the Guest Speaker.

A five member team from A Rocha Ghana, put up a campaign during the mini fair to garner support for the protection of  Atewa Forest Reserve. The campaign also showcased various intervention programs A Rocha Ghana and it partners (Netherlands Embassy, IUCN-Netherlands Committee) were running to promote sustainable management of the resources at Atewa.

The hash tag I am for #Atewa National Park drew a lot of people to the campaign stand where they were excited to learn about the rich biodiversity  and valuable ecosystem support services Atewa forest provided through pictures, flyers and short videos. Visitors to the stand did not hesitate to show their solidarity to the campaign by signing a petition to protect the reserve from water pollution caused by illegal mining as well as unsustainable logging activities which ranked top among threats to the forest reserve.

It was an interesting sight to behold as visitors took turns to pose with a banner bearing the inscription "I am for #Atewa National Park " to cement their support. In all 76 new signatories to the petition were added, increasing the number from 1, 592 to 1,668.

The petition and other materials would be used to make a case on the need to protect and re-categorize the forest reserve (Atewa) as a National Park in order to safeguard its ecological integrity and sustenance of its valuable ecosystem services. 

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