Forestry Research Institute of Ghana promotes biodiversity conservation

Dr Ofori said they were focusing on three priority areas - sustainable resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation and livelihood improvement.This involved engaging in “research for development, resource mobilisation, visibility of FORIG, capacity building and systems management.” He said the Institute was taking deliberate steps to link up with key stakeholders to make its research activities demand-driven and commercially viable.  Dr Ofori identified inadequate staff, ageing equipment and laboratory facilities, as well as the lack of funding to undertake research activities, as some of the challenges facing the institute. To enable the Institute to generate income to fund its projects, it was now undertaking a number of commercial activities, he added. The Director mentioned among these the establishment of seedlings for sale, contracts and consultancy services and plantation development. He underlined the determination of the institute to continue to work with the key stakeholders to become more relevant to the needs of society.

Reported by Daily Graphic, 14th December 2016