Stakeholders at the Western Regional commemoration of the World Wildlife Day (WWD) have pledged their unwavering support towards the protection of Ghana’s wildlife.
They also promised to embark on projects and programs that will educate and promote the sector as well as the tourism sector to generate income for the country.
The stakeholders made the pledge during a symposium to commemorate this year’s World Wildlife Day which was held under the theme, “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration.”
Western Regional Manager of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission (FC), Mr Enoch Amasa Ashie hinted that trade in wildlife generated over $300 billion revenue worldwide which Ghana plays a major role.
He indicated that individual organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who have shown interest in wildlife have exported about two hundred and fifty thousand (250,00) species which has generated about 185,000 dollars.
Mr Ashie enlightened that doctors have been using wild animals like snakes by extracting their poison for research in the process of inventing antivenoms, which are used for treating snake bites from wildlife.
He, therefore, pleaded with Ghanaians to handle such animals with care since they contribute to the Ghanian culture and its beauty.
The event was attended by staff from the Friends of the Nation (FoN), an environmental advocacy group, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Hen Mpoano, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), tourist students from the Universities and students from the basic and second cycle schools.