(Xinhua) -- Authorities in Ghana have intensified
their fight against deforestation by clamping down on illegal
activities in the country’s forests that threaten sustainable
forest resource exploitation, a senior official stated here on
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of
Forestry Commission, John Allotey who conducted journalists
around 19 trucks which had been impounded over the past week
with illegally sawn lumber, including the endangered Rosewood,
said the Commission would carry the battle to the perpetrators
of all illegal activities in the forests to bring such acts to a
Ghana has banned the use of chain sawn
wood and the exportation of Rose Wood due to their negative
impact on the forest.
“Illegal loggers have stepped up their
game across the country in recent months and through the
vigilance of our personnel we have impounded these 19 trucks
loaded with chain-sawn lumber and rosewood being transported
from various parts of the country,” Allotey disclosed.
He emphasized the preparedness of the
Forestry Commission to combat the menace and arrest those
perpetrating the act that threatens to deplete further the
country’s forest cover as well as frustrate the efforts at
stemming Climate Change in the country.
The official cautioned the public that
any illegally sawn lumber and rosewood being transported along
the roads in the country would be confiscated together with the
trucks carrying them.
The Judicial Service has established
specialized environmental courts with the mandate to deal with
crimes bordering on environmental degradation, illegal forest
resource exploitation and related issues.
Allotey said these 19 trucks and
others which have been impounded in the regions and districts
shall be taken to court and their owners prosecuted according to
the laws of Ghana.
He also warned that any official found
complicit in illegal logging activities would be sanctioned
according to laid down procedure.
Experts have cautioned that Ghana’s
natural forests run the risk of extinction in next 20 years with
the high possibility of the country importing timber for
construction if the high rate of illegal timber logging was not