Akyem Abuakwa discusses eco-tourism potential


A discussion board to discuss re-afforestation, environmental sustainability and tourism potentials in the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area has been organised at Bunso near Kyebi in the Far eastern Region. Under an initiative, code-named "Forest Okyeman Project", the discussants shared ideas about how best to undertake re-afforestation in the area and ensure its durability, as well as study its travel and leisure potentials. Establishments included are the Abuakwa Traditional Area, with support from the United Nations Advancement Programme (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO), Un International Little one's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Un Environment Program (UNEP) and USA Nations Volunteers, with funding from the United Nations Believe in Fund for Human being Security.


Existing at the discussion board were representatives from the various USA Nations (UN) body, Minerals Commission, Forestry Commission, Ghana Wellness Service (GHS), Ghana Education Service (GES), Civil Society Companies (CSOs), Department of Gender, Faith-Based Companies and traditional rulers. The Forest Okyeman Project, which began in March 2021, spans over 3 years and is expected to finish in March 2024. The particular project is targeted at fostering repair, environmental sustainability and tourism in the Akyem Abuakwa Standard Area.

It is also to increase the speed of the Sustainable Enhancement Goals (SDGs), through the multi-stakeholder, community-based way of sustainable livelihoods and well-being of the people in the influenced communities. Major the discussion, which took place on the campus of the University College or university of Agriculture and Environmental Studies, Bunso last Wednesday, the UNDP Forest Consultant in Ghana, Ayirebi Frimpong, said nurseries would be recognized in 30 residential areas to deliver tree baby plants for the Okyenhene's tree planting motivation in about hundred communities within the Akyem Abuakwa area.

That development, they indicated, would cover the three-year timeframe of the job, which in accordance with Mister Frimpong, would regain the ecology of the area. They explained that the project would ensure the proper management of the eco-system, with the use of land for the cultivation of crops. He said the process was at line with installing communities in handling their environment and this his outfit would follow all that was discussed to ensure the success of the job.


The Asomkahene, who is also the Kyebi Kyidompanin, Nana Fredua-Okotomih Agyeman, who represented the Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, said the project would be beneficial to Okyeman since it would lead to the re-afforestation of the neighborhoods. They said, for illustration, it would prospect to the seeding of economical forest species that would in the end aid to further green Kyebi and its environs. Nana Agyeman explained that the project would also create job opportunities for the teeming youth of the location, especially with regards to the planting of forest.

He lauded the UNDP and WHICH, as well as its collaborators, for supporting the motivation. Nana Agyeman needed more funding for the project, which according to him or her, probably would not be minimal to only a few years but would be extended. The Business Secretary of the Okyeman Environment Base, Gyimah Amoako-Gyimah, said the project was the first of its kind and the UNDP and other partners were collaborating with the traditional authorities in the Akyem Abuakwa area to carry out the Okyeman Job.

"We are going out the job in the various communities within the Akyem Abuakwa Standard Area so that the people will benefit directly from the initiative. "We are also building structures in the communities for them to receive eco friendly incomes through eco friendly livelihoods. "We have five divisional chiefs within the traditional area who will be spearheading the project in the beneficiary communities. "Thirty nurseries in Okyeman and each split will have half a dozen of the nurseries but in villages which in turn not have, the chiefs have been asked to make available land for this purpose, ” Mr Amoako-Gyimah explained.

Typically the Municipal Chief Business (MCE) for Abuakwa South, Akosua Asabea Annor, said Ghana's dense forest areas, which included Akyem Abuakwa, had experienced deforestation over the past decade thanks to socio-economic activities such as illegitimate logging, mining, enlargement in agricultural land use, bad gardening practices and wildfires, among others. Typically the 2020 Ghana Region Environmental Analysis, your woman indicated, showed that such activities acquired contributed greatly to loosing about 25 percent of Ghana's forest cover in the Eastern Location alone.

Mrs Annor said the job sought to provide sustainable means of addressing key issues in the area concerning economic, ecological, political and health insecurities. She explained there was relatively an increased unemployment rate in the municipality as a result of lack of job in order to meet the demands of the growing inhabitants. That, in line with the MCE, had resulted in reduced incomes for agricultural households, pushing people into illegitimate logging and exploration activities. The govt, Mrs Annor said, would still implement existing laws on mining and lumbering through its organizations and people who are employed in the security industry to deal with people who interested in illegitimate exploration and logging activities.

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