This article was originally published on Graphic Online.
“Natural resources in diverse forms are abundant across the entire Ghanaian landscape. These resources which constitute natural capital provide numerous ecosystem services (water cycling, temperature regulation) for human wellbeing. According to the World Bank (2011), natural capital provides about per cent of the total wealth of all developing countries globally.
In Ghana, the promotion and mainstreaming of the sustainable development concept into our development agenda has gained increasing acceptance, especially among policy makers. Achieving sustainable development could ,however, be highly hampered by the over exploitation of natural resources across the country, especially in the forest and mining regions through illegal chainsaw operations and small scale mining among others. It is important to mention that promoting efficient natural resource management will place Ghana in a better position to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2, 6, 11, 13, 14 and 15…”