The College of Art and Built Environment Students Association (CABESA) in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has on Friday, June 18, 2021, held a symposium to emphasize the importance of tree planting and sustainable management practices ahead of the tree planting exercise slated on saturday.
The event took place at the College of Science Auditorium, KNUST.
In attendance were Mr. Samuel Oteng – Ashanti Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Benjamin Doe – planning lecturer, Dr. Stephen Takyi – planning lecturer and environmentalist.
Dr. Stephen Takyi gave the first presentation. In his submission, he iterated the importance of afforestation not only for the beautification of the environment but also its aim of contributing to the attainment of Goal 15 of the
Sustainable Development Goals: “Life on land”; to combat desertification, reverse and halt land degradation and halt biodiversity loss leading to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
He charged students of the college to take up the responsibility of safeguarding the natural environment as he believes the college members are better placed to advance such course.
Mr. Samuel Oteng, in his address, stated “the continuous destruction of the forest threatens the existence of the human race and disrupts our ecosystem”. He exposed participants to the economic value of trees and their profitability, admonishing them to invest in economic trees like Teak, Mahogany, and Coconut.
After both presentations, students were given the opportunity to ask questions or seek clarification with regards to the theme and presentations made.
The Catalyst of Change Konsult gave a presentation on the sustainable management practice in sustaining its lifespan.
Master Kwame Ofori Takyi, President of the College encouraged the over 400 students present to participate in the planting exercise on Saturday.
Mr. Samuel Oteng also made a presentation of gift items on behalf of the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources to
aid in the tree planting exercise.
The executive committee made a presentation of citations to the invited guests, the tree planting planning committee, and other key members that have been instrumental in
achieving the milestone.
Following the presentation were solidarity messages from sister association, IAESTE-KNUST, and well-wishers of the association.