The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission has inaugurated the Sissala- Kassena- Fraah Community Resource Management Area, (CREMA) in Tumu and the Bulkawe Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) in Sandema to manage the forest and wildlife resources of the area. In line with Section 1(1) of the Wild Animal Preservation Act 43 of 1961the inauguration will empower landowners, land users, and the communities to sustainably manage and benefit economically from the natural resources of the area.

Speaking at one of the inauguration ceremonies at Sandema, the Executive Director of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission in a speech read on his behalf by the Operation Manager of Protected Area, Umaru Dubiru Farouk indicated that in order to address the decline in wildlife resources, a Community and Collaborative Wildlife Management Policy was developed by the Wildlife Division in 2000. The Executive Director urged the Committee to work with the local government to support it with full political backing adding the committee has a great potential to mediate a balance between conservation and development.

On his part the Manager of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission in charge of the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Belt, Joseph Binlinla disclosed that under the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project (SLWMP), the Forestry Commission through the Wildlife Division was establishing the CREMA in the Western Wildlife Corridors.

He added that Bulkawe as one of the six CREMAs comprising fifteen (15) constituent Communities including Wupensa, Yipala, Deninga, Siniensi, Banchongsa, Kanderma, Kalijisa, Balansa, Nakong, Katiu, Doborinsa, Kari, Namonsa, Chiana and Kardema. Mr. Bilinla indicated that the operational area covers over one hundred and forty four thousand hectares Guinea Savannah Vegetation. Mr. Binlinla noted that a CREMA constitution had been prepared by communities and passed by the General Assembly and subsequently published in the Government Bulletin by the Government Publisher, in accordance with the local Government Act 462 of 1993.

Apexnewsgh.com/Ghana/ Contributor Prosper Adaankai

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