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.

CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana supports land restoration

The Forestry Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-FORIG) has started a research programme to support the restoration, rehabilitation and protection of forests and water bodies destroyed by illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey. According to FORIG, the initiative follows a mandate from the government to work towards the rehabilitation of degraded mine sites in the country. The Director of CSIR-FORIG, Professor Daniel A. Ofori, told the Daily Graphic in Kumasi last Monday that it had the full complement of staff with excellent understanding of reclamation/rehabilitation and the necessary capacity for coordinating such an activity across the country. Prof. Ofori said the rate of deforestation and forest degradation in the country had arisen in recent years.

Allanblackia Seed Oil Enters Market

“Launch of the first spreadable margarine is a major milestone for this sustainable oil”


After over a decade of research and work on the ground, allanblackia oil has made its introduction into the consumer market, and its success can benefit local communities, help restore degraded landscapes and conserve local biodiversity.

In February Unilever launched the first organic margarine with allanblackia oil on the market, under the brand Flora. It’s called Flora Ekologisk and can be found in store at Swedish retailers. This is the first consumer product to use allanblackia oil.

Dr. Ernest Foli appointed as one of the Experts, Eminent Scientists to Draft Report on Sustainable Development Ahead of Global Review Set for 2019

Dr. Ernest G. Foli, a Principal Research Scientist at CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana has been appointed as one of the experts, eminent Scientist to draft report on Sustainable Development Ahead of Global Review Set for 2019.

Before leaving Office former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed 15 eminent scientists and experts to draft the Global Sustainable Development Report. The Report is a key component of the mechanism to follow up and review progress on the recently agreed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to strengthen the science-policy interface and provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development.

Forestry Research Institute of Ghana promotes biodiversity conservation

The Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) has launched a strategic plan to promote efficient management of the nation’s natural forests and biodiversity conservation. The Director of the Institute, Dr Daniel Aniagyei Ofori, said the other goals of the plan included developing technologies for plantation forestry and the mobilisation, generation, processing and dissemination of information critical to the management of the forest resources. These ties in with the effort to position FORIG as a leading research institution to strengthen its contribution to the protection of the forest and its resources.The formal launch of the plan coincided with the annual review meeting held with key stakeholders of the Institute at Fumesua near Kumasi. “Making forestry research relevant to end users” was the theme chosen for the three-day meeting.

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