The organizer of this year’s Ghana Garden and Flower Show, has revealed that proper gardening in the Accra metropolis, as well as the country, could be used to prevent flooding.
According to the organizers, the cultivation of gardens and flowers in and around the surroundings, contribute to the preserve the environment and as well prevent man –made disasters like flooding.
The organizer said, it is in view of this that they are partnering with the Department of Parks and Gardens under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to redesign some of the roundabouts in the country to help curb flooding during the rainy season.
Madam Esther Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stratcomm Africa; made this revelation at the launch of the fourth Ghana Garden and Flower Show in Accra.
The show slated for September 14 to 15 2016, would be held at the Efua Stherland Park in Accra on the theme: ‘Dream it, Discover it, Live it’ with a focus on Ecotourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
She said, flora and fauna preserves the environment as a whole and enhances human life make people spend less on health issues.
She noted that with the focus on Ecotourism this year, it means that the show shall examine the value chain and carefully identify its associated benefits to human existence.
According to her, these benefits include everything from job creation and income generation to health and beauty.
She added that apart from these benefits to the individual livelihoods many industries such as the airlines, hospitality and creative arts would also take advantage of the sector if fully developed.
‘Ghana has so many ecotourism sites that have the potential of benefiting the public and private sector as well as the individual.
It is our hope that the discussions of these benefits at this year’s show will encourage all us to pay increased attention to developing and
maintaining our ecotourism sites.
She took the opportunity to thank the supporters of Stratcomm Africa as well as the sponsors in delivering the Ghana Garden and Flower Show.
We have had the good fortunes of sponsorship from the banks, airlines, hotels, individuals as well as the media over the pasts four years she
She took the opportunity to encourage more organizations to join the show as sponsors this year.
According to her, by so doing the companies would be giving expression to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(SDGs) of partnership which is the crucial aspect of the attainment of the goals.
Madam Christine Evans-Klock, UN Resident Coordinator on her part said, what attracted her interest was the growing appreciation for Ghana’s natural beauty and the talents of its gardeners as well as Stratcomm Africa’s efforts in promoting the show.
She said the SDGs development agenda 2030 by nearly two hundred Heads of States at the UN headquarters last year, encompasses economic development, social development and environmental development with the objectives unified under one framework.
She explained that the ambitious 17 SDGs are to end extreme poverty, decrease inequality, boost economic growth, improve infrastructure, speed up industrialization and promote peace and security in member states.