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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Minister bemoans fragmented forest ecosystem

Mrs. Esther Obeng Dapaah, Minister of Lands, Forestry and Mines has blamed the state, traditional and civil society organisations for the nation's highly fragmented forest ecosystem.

She said satellite images have revealed the fragmented forest system, which has consequently denied wild animals the requisite space to regenerate.

Mrs Dapaah made the observation in a speech read on her behalf at a national workshop at the University Ghana, Legon, to develop a framework for the establishment and management of Community Resources Management Areas.

The framework is to be incorporated into Ghana's Forest Master Plan, which is currently under review.

The CREMA, an initiative of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, has the aim of providing skills, capacity, and finance to communities to better handle and preserve the forest resources in the areas where a CREMA is established.

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