Lands degraded by galamsey to be reclaimed with these trees

FORIG scientists have been exploring a technology known as, phytoremediation, which involves the use of plants to remove heavy metal contaminated areas.

“Phytoremediation technology is cost-effective and environmentally friendly,” Dr. Duah-Gyamfi reinforced.

Milicia excelsa known locally as Odum, Nauclea diderrichii known as Kusia and Senna siamea known as Cassia were found to have a remarkable potential to absorb cadmium and lead.

The research followed established willingness and determination of locals in mining communities to restore degraded galamsey land.

Principal Research Scientist, Dr. Beatrice Darko Obiri, found local communities were willing to pay for ecosystem system.

“The restoration of galamsey-degraded lands in Ghana is possible if a bottom-up approach is adopted where local communities are put at the centre of affairs and made to win restoration processes through community-based payment for ecosystem services-like scheme,” explained Dr. Beatrice Darko Obiri.

Dr Duah-Gyamfi appealed to the government for support.

According to him, the researches conducted so far were funded from the organisation’s internally generated funds.

“We’ll need support to screen more species to identify their phytoremediation potential and use them for such a course,” he said.