Environmental Stakeholders have been called upon to work assiduously in order to reverse the alarming rate at which human behavior is destroying the environment. The call was made during the 2020 Local Steering Committee Meeting (LSCM) of the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project (SLWMP) in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
The Local Steering Committee Meeting was organised to afford the Districts that benefited the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project (SLWMP), give their success stories and key lessons learnt.
The SLWMP is to enhance the prudent management of selected micro-watersheds, in the North East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West regions in order to reverse land degradation and improve on Agriculture Productivity as well as spatial planning through integration of watershed management and development plans.
The project was implemented in 2011 in five Districts namely: Bolgatanga and Bawku in the Upper East Region; Tumu, Daffiamah-Bussie and Lawra districts in the Upper West Region. The project is expected to end this year. The meeting brought together about 45 participants.
In his welcome address, the Upper East Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Asher Nkegbe, stated that, it takes a collaborative effort to realise the goals of the project.
He explained that, the Technical Coordination Office has been working in collaboration with all relevant partners including the Local Steering Committee to achieve the objective of the project.
The Upper East Regional Minister’s speech, which was read by the Chairmen of the meeting and Director Regional Coordinating Council, Chief Alhaji Mohammadu Azonko, stated that the project is intended to support the Sustainable Development Initiative for the Northern Savannah to realise the vision of diversified and resilient economic zone in the North with significant regional environmental benefits.
He appealed to the implementing agencies to envision this project as a way of addressing multiple environmental challenges confronting the northern Savannah region of the country, at a time the five regions of the north are threatened with devastating effects of climate change, particularly on Agriculture and food security, the timing of the project could not have been more appropriate.
The Chairman of the committee, Chief Azonko, in his remarks spoke on the vulnerability of the region the impact and the timely intervention of the project.