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Students invited to be environmental protection officers

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Mr. Sumaila Saaka, Executive Director of Forum for Natural Regeneration (FONAR), a non-governmental organization, called for the adoption of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) in schools as part of protection and of environmental management against destruction.

This, he said, would empower children and instill in them the behavior change and knowledge needed as key agents in tree and environmental management to preserve the ecosystem and restore degraded landscapes.

Speaking in Tongo during the presentation of pruning tools to 15 primary school eco-clubs in Talensi district, Mr. Saaka noted that the FMNR strategy has the potential to ensure food security and improve livelihoods.

The tools, worth GH₵12,000.00, include 75 pairs of children’s wellington boots, 75 pairs of gloves, 75 cutlasses and 75 secateurs.

FMNR is an easy and inexpensive land and forest restoration technique used to increase the number of trees in the field without necessarily planting new trees, but through the protection and management of existing naturally regenerated trees and shrubs. from animal-dispersed rootstocks, stumps and seeds.

It is used to sustainably fight poverty and hunger among poor subsistence farmers by increasing food and wood production and resilience to climate change.

Mr. Saaka lamented the destruction of the environment, which had a significant impact on climate change and said that as part of the measures to address the problem, FOANR, with funding from the Awake Trees Foundation, has created 15 FMNR eco-clubs and FMNR demonstration fields in primary schools in Talensi. The district changes children’s behavior towards best environmental practices.

Mr. Saaka said FOANR had trained 30 eco-club teachers, including club sponsors and coordinators from the 15 FMNR eco-club schools, and the decision was to guide students to they translate the practices learned in the classroom into the field.

“Each school will also receive learning materials, i.e. teacher guides, learning aids and environmental education videos, to support the delivery of environmental education. environment and climate change, as contained in the Revised Primary School Standards in Science, Religious and Moral Education and Our World Our People curricula,” he added.

The Executive Director noted that FONAR works with communities, civil society organizations, local and national government agencies and international partners to promote the practice of FMNR through advocacy, education, research, mobilization community, among others, for adoption and integration into development policies.

“We believe it is essential to work with community members on environmental restoration and governance issues that directly affect them. After all, agricultural policies and technologies supporting on-farm regreening interventions for smallholder farmers are more likely to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods when they are culturally sensitive, acceptable and feasible” , did he declare.

Receiving the papers on behalf of the schools, Madam Christiana Azure, District Director of the Ghana Education Service, commended the efforts of FONAR and its partners and urged communities to adopt the practice of restoring degraded landscapes of the region caused by illegal mining.

Between 2009 and 2019, World Vision Ghana implemented the concept in Talensi, Kassena-Nankana West and Garu districts in the Upper East Region of Ghana and contributed significantly to reversing degraded landscapes and restoring forest vegetation in these areas.

The concept which is rapidly spreading to 24 countries including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swatini, DR Congo, South Sudan, among others, has contributed to improving biodiversity conservation, tackling climate change issues and livelihoods.

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