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Biodiversity conservation essential for nation’s survival – Prof. Frimpong-Boateng

By
Godwill Arthur- Mensah, GNA

Accra, June 18, GNA –
Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science,
Technology and Innovation, says the conservation of biodiversity and natural
resources is essential to the country’s survival.

He, therefore, called
for attitudinal and behavioural change among Ghanaians to ensure sustainable
protection of the environment and natural resources.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng
said this when he launched the Fifth Edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower
Show in Accra.

The media launch
preceded the main event slated for August 31- September 4 at the Efua
Sutherland Children’s Park being organised by Stratcomm Africa.

 The flower show aims at increasing public
awareness on the need to grow flora and fauna for aesthetic, beautification and
health benefits.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng
noted that promoting the cultivation of flowers was an avenue for creating
employment and eradicating poverty.

He cited Kenya and
Ethiopia where horticulture and floriculture had created jobs for millions and
flower experts earned millions of dollars in foreign exchange.

He commended the
organisers for creating a platform for preserving the environment and creating
awareness of job opportunities and income generation and pledged the Ministry’s
support to ensure a successful programme.

The Minister said
businesses and individuals had realised that garden and flowers were not only
objects of beauty to the eye and healing to the distressed soul but also good
for individual livelihoods.

He, therefore, called
for the need to deepen national awareness to addressing the phenomenon of
climate change and environmental degradation.

“My Ministry will
partner the Ghana Garden and Flower Show Movement to promote the education and
empowerment of all Ghanaians by increasing awareness of, and concern for,
environmental issues,” he said.

Prof.
Frimpong-Boateng, therefore, urged the media to give environmental issues a
pride of place in their reportage and programming to stem the tide of
environmental degradation in the country.

Madam Esther Cobbah,
the Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, said promoting Ghana’s flora
and fauna and its environmental, commercial, aesthetic and health benefits
would aid in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of
reducing poverty, income generation and livelihoods enhancement.

“Flower Ghana
specifically expresses the goal to make Ghana beautiful and create a congenial
environment for its citizens as well as to promote Ghana as a tourism
destination and an investment of choice,” she said.

Some activities
lined-up for this year’s programme include technical conferences and practical
workshops on flora and fauna, a movie night and exhibition, as well as a jazz
night and fashion show.

The five-day event would
be held on the theme: “Flower Ghana, Grow Ghana,” and more than
15,000 visitors are expected to participate from home and abroad.

GNA

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