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Let’s Protect Our Environment To Promote Development -Scott

Albert Oppong-Ansah

 

Mr George Scott, Chief Director of Ministry of Environment Science and Technology (MEST) has said a sustainable socio-economic development could be achieved if the nation's environmental resources were protected.

 

"We need all hands on deck to deal with the nation's environmental challenges because environmental issues are not limited to refuse heaps alone", he said.

 

Mr Scott was speaking at a one day consultative workshop to review the National Environmental Policy (NEP) in Tamale.

 

The Forum, which brought together traditional authorities, teachers, opinion leaders and the media from the three northern regions, was to build upon the previous policy developed in 1992.

 

The NEP under review seeks to promote the integration and coordination of its approach to environment management among all the Municipal and District Assemblies. 

 

It is also aimed at adopting appropriate measures to protect ecosystems and improve the current environmental quality control program.

 

Dr Nicholas K. Iddi, National Project Coordinator of the Ghana Environment Conventions Coordinating Authority at MEST, said the nation was endowed with abundant resources but incessant exploration of these natural resources had caused damage to the environment.

 

He said one of the major challenges confronting the environmental management process in the country was the ineffective enforcement of policies designed to protect it.

 

Dr Iddi said land degradation, deforestation, loss of bio-diversity, water pollution, marine and Industrial development and urbanization were major environmental challenges to the country.

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