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Ghana's Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Bans Felling Permits

Mr John-Peter Amewu, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, says there is a ban on export of Rosewood across the country as part of efforts to bring sanity in the forestry sector. According to him, the ban also gives a directive to the Forestry Commission to stop the issuance of felling permits as ways to ensure the reverse of the decline of the forest and wildlife resources while addressing vigorously the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. “We will embark on tree nurseries establishment, forest plantation development, development of the bamboo and rattan industry, conservation of biodiversity, protection of water bodies and promotion of eco-tourism,” he said. Mr Amewu said this when he toured the agencies under his ministry on Wednesday and assured them of the ministry's commitment to solving their challenges.

Tyler Beeney

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