The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has held talks with the Office of the Asantehene as part of efforts to save Lake Bosomtwe from shrinking.
Aside the impact of climate change, Lake Bosomtwe, Africa’s foremost natural lake, has suffered several threats as some private developers in recent times have cleared sponges and tree species along its banks.
The initiative by the EPA has already received the blessing of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Executive Director of EPA Henry Kwabena Kokofu noted on Friday, October 15 when he led a delegation to Manhyia that the move is a game changer because it will go a long way to attain the Sustainable Development Goal 15, which trumpets the protection of the environment, including aquatic life.
“We have long awaited this meeting and I know as an Agency priotising the lake is part of our vision which goes a long way to achieving the SDGs.
“so, our key strategy is to intensify education among communities along the lake to avert these threats.”
He later thanked the Asantehene for his massive support to restoring the depleting lake.
The EPA donated equipment to support the Asante Kingdom Landscape and Restoration Program.
Asante Kingdom Landscape and Restoration Program is designed to safeguard water bodies and other biodiversities within the Asante kingdom and beyond.
Project Coordinator Fred Kyei Sarpong, after receiving the donation, explained that “the equipment will help in afforestation and nursing of seedlings to recover the depleted forest along the lake”.
By Nana Asenso Mensah|3news.com|Ghana