Saturday, June 19, 2010

Encouraging grass growing in Ghana

Ghana News Agency: Professor David Millar, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), at the weekend stressed the need for Government and Institutions working in the area of climate change to add grass growing to their strategies.

He was speaking to the Ghana News Agency after making a presentation on the topic "Cultural Practices and Indigenous Knowledge in Desertification and Drought Control in Northern Ghana - Case Study of Traditional Authorities and Community Members" at a National desertification forum held in Bolgatanga.

The Professor explained that grass had the potential to harvest carbon better than trees, and said Government and institutions working in the area of climate change should not only focus on tree planting but also encourage grass growing.

He indicated that grass was one of the best methods used for erosion control and management, stressing that grass could be planted along areas threatened by erosion to prevent it from occurring or from worsening. He noted that grass when cultivated well could be transformed used for charcoal production through technology and this could reduce the practice where trees are cut for charcoal burning…

An elephant in Mole National Park, Ghana, shot by Stig Nygaard, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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