Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, Asantehene, has announced his commitment to provide protection for water bodies in Asanteman by planting and managing 2.5 million trees around Lake Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region.
Otumfuo made the announcement during the celebration of the Akwasidae Festival at Manhyia Palace on Sunday, July 14, 2019.
He reiterated that the objective of the project is to implement a landscape restoration intervention around Lake Bosomtwe by planting 4,000 hectares of land with 2.5 million trees over a five year period.
This, Otumfuo hoped, should ultimately help contribute to improved ecosystem service provision, climate change mitigation, and improved environmental consciousness among inhabitants of fringe communities around the Lake.
Ghana’s only natural lake, Lake Bosomtwe, has since 2016 been designated a Biosphere Reserve Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote a healthy balance between biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use.
The move was a response to the appeal made by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for the protection of the lake.
A tripartite agreement has been signed between UNESCO; the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing of the Republic of Ghana; and Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, the Custodian of Lake Bosomtwe.
This proposed project, which aims at planting 2.5 million trees around Lake Bosomtwe, is a partnership between Oheneba Poku Foundation and the Manhyia Palace.