The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Nii Osah Mills has revealed that plans are far advanced for Ghana to establish the first Eco-park in West Africa.
He explained that this will be to attract tourists into the country.
Nii Osah Mills explained that the project is expected to start in 2018 following the new law on wildlife conservation in 2012. He also indicated that the first phase of the project will be located within the Achimota Forest zone in the Greater Accra region.
He also revealed that the agreement has been signed with investors of the project to facilitate an easy start.
Nii Osah Mill said the economic gains of the project will be immense hence the need to give it the needed attention when it starts.
“We have such parks in southern and Eastern Africa but we do not have some in West Africa. So when we have the facility, people will be attracted to Ghana; it will be a magnet to rake in revenue, flights, tour guides, food and hospitality industry among others,” he stated.
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In a related development, Ghana is hoping to complete the processes to list the Mole National Park as a World Heritage Site by July 2017.
This comes on the back of an evaluation of the site by a committee from UNESCO which is expected to give its final verdict in Poland.
The country has already listed Lake Bosomtwe as a world biosphere reserve and looking ahead to list the Akwamu Gorge as a World Heritage Site.
This will also protect the white-necked Picathartes (type of birds) that are endangered as a result of the destruction of their habitat.
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