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Thu, Nov

GHATOF calls for implementation of green infrastructure policy

The Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF) is to collaborate with other stakeholders to help develop, implement and enforce the national green infrastructure policy with the aim of conserving the natural vegetation in the country.

The lack of such a policy, it observed, had contributed to the desecration of Ghana’s natural vegetation, especially in the urban areas. 

At a sensitisation programme in Accra, GHATOF called for the urgent implementation of the policy to facilitate the restoration of the degraded environment.

Supported by the Business Sector Advocacy (BUSAC) Fund, the sensitisation programme sought to advocate the preservation and protection of a solid infrastructure that will support the ecological and the tourism sectors.

Green Infrastructure Policy

In an interview with the media, the President of GHATOF, Mr David Nana Anim, observed that the institutions responsible for the maintenance of a green environment in the country were weak.

According to him, ecological benefits could be obtained from a well-structured and comprehensive greening programme. 

 Outlining the strategy involved in implementing the policy, he explained that the federation would organise a stakeholders’ workshop to seek views on building a strong front line for the green space. 

“There will also be a negotiation session to develop the required policy document and then the bill will be sent to Parliament,” he indicated.

Benefits

A consultant, Mrs Susana Boakye, noted that among the benefits the nation could derive from the creation of a green environment were tourism, enhancement of social inclusion and the building of social capital in neighbourhoods. 

She said that could improve the national economy, as it would encourage investments and create more jobs in the tourism industry.