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U/E RCC Introduces New Tree-Planting Policy

2006-08-09 20:52:35
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THE UPPER East Regional Coordinating Council (U/E RCC), as a matter of policy, has decided that henceforth, every design or plan for physical infrastructure or any facility of public interest in the Region, particularly buildings, must incorporate tree-planting.

As a backing force, the U/E RCC has resolved that any architectural design for public buildings that do not indicate areas for trees to be planted will not be approved for construction.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Boniface Gambilla, who disclosed this to The Chronicle in an interview, said he had directed his office to write and inform all stakeholders involved about the new policy of giving trees space on drawing plans for public buildings.

"If the design does not capture this, we will not approve the plan for any construction to go on," he said. "We want to ensure that every plan drawn by any draughtsman or architect now, as possible as they can incorporate windows in the design, there must be trees in the compound of the building," he maintained.

Explaining the reason behind this policy, the Minister noted that apart from the fact that the trees would protect the buildings from the rage of storms and provide shade among other things, the move was another step to mainstream tree-planting in the Region.

He urged his fellow Regional Ministers to also adopt this policy and ensure that tree-planting, which is one way of protecting environment and appreciating its importance, was given the needed precedence.

Mr. Gambila called on all stakeholders involved to cooperate and ensure that the proposed policy was effectively implemented at both district and regional levels.


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