The Brong Ahafo regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Water Resources Commission (WRC) early this week organised a tree planting exercise with the aim of restoring the degraded forest cover of the Tano river.
The riparian tree planting exercise was part of the activities to commemorate the 2017 World Environmental Day.
The World Environmental Day has become a tool the United Nations (UN) has over the years been using to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action towards protecting the environment.
The project, which was held at the upstream of the Tano River at Techiman, was patronised by some chiefs and elders of the Techiman Traditional Council and students of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Junior High School.
The trees are expected to help reduce encroachment of the river to improve water quality and also regulate the water temperature.
The Tano river had suffered degradation over the years due to bad human activities like farming and illegal mining, hence, the tree planting project.
The national theme for the commemoration was “Connecting Ghanaians to nature from North to South”.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Brong Ahafo Regional Director of the EPA, Dr Francis Nyuagbenu, underscored the need for Ghanaians to connect positively to nature to safeguard the environment, especially water resources.
He stated that the pollution of water resources, for instance, posed a serious threat to the sustainable development of the country and implored all stakeholders to work towards efficient management of water resources.
He said the country’s water resources were under serious threat from human activities such as illegal mining, dumping of solid waste into rivers, removal of forest cover which, to him, were deteriorating the quality and quantities of affected water bodies, and added that the Tano River at Techiman was not an exception to the human activities.