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Lands degraded by galamsey to be reclaimed with these trees

Reclamation of land degraded by illegal mining is set to receive a major boost as the Forest Research Institute (FORIG) outdoors heavy metal absorbing tree species.

The three species, both indigenous and exotic, selected after rigorous study are said to also have the capacity to stabilize soil for agricultural production.

Lead researcher, Dr. Akwasi Duah-Gyamfi, says galamsey across the country remains a major environmental concern.

Forest cover, water sources, soil fertility have been under siege in a combined activity to destroy the ecosystem.

Heavy metals, namely Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury, Nickel and Lead are deposited in the soil with attendant danger to life, including diseases like cancer.

Lands degraded by galamsey to be reclaimed with these trees

Reclamation of land degraded by illegal mining is set to receive a major boost as the Forest Research Institute (FORIG) outdoors heavy metal absorbing tree species.

The three species, both indigenous and exotic, selected after rigorous study are said to also have the capacity to stabilize soil for agricultural production.

Lead researcher, Dr. Akwasi Duah-Gyamfi, says galamsey across the country remains a major environmental concern.

FAO to support Ghana combat climate change

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has pledged to support Ghana to effectively manage its forest and combat climate change.

According to the Secretary to the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission of the FAO, Nora Berrahmouni, the FAO was determined to build the capacity of local communities on the know-how quality tree seedlings in order to help restore degraded forests in the country.

XXV IUFRO World Congress 2019: Call for Sessions is Open!

Deadline for proposals: 1 August 2018

The Congress Scientific Committee invites submission of session proposals for the 2019 IUFRO World Congress. In keeping with the spirit of the Congress title – Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development ‐ the Congress Scientific Committee is developing a program that will highlight the contributions that forest science is making to address the significant environmental, social and economic challenges facing our world. The Congress program will reflect the forest science community’s diverse contributions across the full range of natural and social science disciplines, with special emphasis on key issues and research areas identified in IUFRO’s 2015‐2019 Strategy (https://www.iufro.org/discover/strategy/)

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Addressing the Menace of Illegal Mining – Contribution of CSIR-FORIG

The boom in small scale mining operations, popularly known as ‘galamsey’, is fast becoming one of the major factors contributing to the rapid decline of forest resources in Ghana. Forests play important roles in the maintenance and provision of goods and services that are beneficial to all segments of society. As a natural resource pool, forests store and recycle nutrients, protect land and water resources, provide valuable genetic resources and habitats for wildlife. In Ghana, the forestry sector contributes about 2-3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), down from about 10% a decade ago (FDMP, 2016). Nonetheless, the forestry sector provides direct employment to over 100,000 Ghanaians and indirect employment to over 2.5 million people (GSS, 2014). In addition, timber exports earn the country about US$180 million per annum, which accounts for about 1.5% of total exports (FDMP, 2016). Despite these benefits derived from the forestry sector, forests in Ghana are under serious threat partly due to deforestation and forest degradation.

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