Conservation Alliance Sierra Leone (CASL), a non-governmental organization, has trained and certified 50 community volunteers on environmental awareness and protection. They comprised 22 males and 28 females, including persons with disabilities.
The training was held recently at their office at 56 Milton Margai Teachers College Road, Goderich.
According to the Country Director Mrs. Julia Fofanah, the purpose of the training was to increase the level of environmental awareness in the community as a means of ensuring popular participation in environmental protection, especially among women and youth.
The training was followed by sensitisation on environmental issues within the Goderich community, which ended with the planting of 100 trees within the MMCET estate along the Goderich beach by the community elders, the trainees and school pupils, with support from the CASL.
Mrs. Mary Kargbo, a community elder, planted the first tree followed by representatives from the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, NGOs and the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) Agricultural Science Department.
Mr. Harrison Tucker, Senior Lecturer at the MMCET Agricultural Science Department, served as lead facilitator.
Topics covered included how to manage and control environmental degradation; causes, effects and importance of trees in protecting the environment; and the meaning, cause and effects of deforestation and preventive mechanisms.
The trees planted included mangoes, peer, oranges, acacia manjor and techtonia grandis.
The theme of the activity was ‘Protecting our environment, now and always’.
The event was graced by Abdulai Bah, Western Area Regional Officer, EPA; Abubakarr Jalloh, Environmental Officer, Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment; and a representative from the Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (SLANGO), Mr. Edward Yokie, who were also engaged in all the processes.
CASL is a local chapter of Conservation Alliance in Ghana that aims at informing minds, reforming lives, transforming behaviours and conserving biodiversity.