EPA scales up effort to preserve biodiversity


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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has upped its effort to stop the increasing degradation of the natural vegetation and water bodies.

By Josephine
Nyarkoh/Fawzia Seidu, GNA

Kumasi, Aug 19, GNA
– The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has upped its effort to stop the
increasing degradation of the natural vegetation and water bodies.

Mr. Samuel Oteng,
the acting Ashanti Regional Director, said this was being done through the
combination of public education, monitoring and enforcement of the appropriate
regulations to ensure compliance with safety standards.

It comes amid
recent warning by a team of international scientists that the world’s
biodiversity is dropping below safe levels for the support and wellbeing of
human societies.

Speaking to the
Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, Mr. Oteng said it was important for
everybody including the industries to become adequately informed about the
consequences of their activities on the environment.

He underlined their
determination to see to it that industries had in place appropriate mechanisms
to identify, control and monitor any activity that tended to hurt the ecology.

Mining and other
companies, which emitted harmful gases would have to make sure that these
emissions did not affect people and animals living within and around their
operation areas.

Mr. Oteng also
spoke of the introduction of the green economy project by the EPA, under which
waste products including sawdust, fecal matter and plastics were being recycled
into energy and other beneficial uses.

He added that they
were additionally encouraging people to go into tree planting and said that was
critical to reduce the harmful gases in the atmosphere, especially carbon
monoxide.

The situation where
trees felled were not being replaced could create problems – affect not only
the quality of “air we breathe” but also the water bodies and drive other
creatures away from their natural habitat.

He appealed to
everybody to desist from activities that destroyed the environment.

GNA


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