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SADA To Partner With NGOs

2012-10-17 23:01:29
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Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) is to partner with non-governmental organizations to plant more income trees in the northern ecological zone.

The Chief Executive Officer of SADA, Alhaji Seidu Iddi hinted that SADA was assisting with researchers to come with increase viable sheanut trees population in the area.

This was contained a speech read on his behalf at the inauguration Tree Aid, a United Kingdom based NGO country office for Ghana in Tamale at the weekend.

Tree aid which aimed is to improve environment by encouraging and supporting communities to plant tree has being worked in Africa for past 25 years.

Tree Aid is not establishing its office in Ghana but double it revenue and other resources by half in spite of huge budget cuts faced by other international development organizations with funding from Europe following economic challenges those funding countries are facing.

Alhaji Iddi maintained that the SADA was ready to liaise and support any move aim at reducing poverty in the northern and that increase economic tree in the area would not only raise income level of the people would also address sanitation problems.

Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba in a speech read for him, commended the Tree Aid for its efforts over the years to raise consciousness of rural communities on the environment and the need to save trees.

He said the NGO’s decision to open a country office was a step in the right direction which it will help to complement efforts by the governments Through SADA to green the north thereby reducing the hazards associated with depletion of the vegetative cover and illegal logging of trees which have deepened the woes of communities in the savanna region.

Mr. Mabengba thereby impressed upon deprived communities in the region to take advantage to plant tree surroundings.

The Chief Executive of Tree Aid, Philip Goodwin said the NGO in its 25 years has been supporting communities to unlock potentials of trees through planting tree spices as a means of increasing their resources and livelihood situations.

He said the myths that forest and trees are disconnected from the rest of the economy and dry lands cannot be made green are being reserved in northern Ghana where communities are being empowered and resourced to invest in their future through planting of trees.

Mr. Goodwin noted that by protecting and enhancing the environment through tree planting, the NGO was helping to reach the targets set in the MDGs.

He further stated that Tree aid hopes to extend its activities to cover all districts in northern Ghana.

Earlier, Ludovic Pascal Conditamde, Director of West Africa’s operations of Tree Aid said through the through Tree Aid and its 27 local partners activities, they are helping to protect and improve on the environment by creating understanding among communities on how to better manage natural resources, and also use these resources in an effective ways for renewable energy and for food security and water resource management purposes.

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