October 29, 2020
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CSIR, LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY SIGN AGREEMENT TO STRENGTHEN RESEARCH

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Lakehead University, Canada has signed a five-year agreement to strengthen research and co-operation in sustainable forest management in Accra.

 

Spearheaded by the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG), one of the 13 research institutes of the council, the contract ropes in other partners including the Forestry Commission and the School of Development Studies of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) to share expertise and explore opportunities in forest science for mutual benefits.

Associate Professor of the Faculty of Natural Resources Management of Lakehead University, Dr. Matthew Leitch signed on behalf of his school, while the Director of FORIG, Professor Daniel Ofori signed for his institute.  Representatives of the University of Cape Coast and the Forestry Commission signed for their respective Institutions.

In his speech, Prof. Ofori indicated that partnership was important to aid the Institute to deliver on its mandate and vision to become a Centre of excellence in scientific forestry research.

The Memorandum of understanding (MOU), the Director said, seeks to increase opportunities in forest science research and education beyond what each organization could accomplish independently.

He said as part of the agreement, competitive research grants would be sourced to enhance research, education and commercial development for all parties as technical resources including staff expertise, infrastructure and equipment are harnessed to achieve desired results.

“This MOU recognizes the potential for this relationship to assist each organization in efficiently and effectively meeting their respective needs” he noted

The Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, in a speech read on his behalf by the Technical Advisor to the CEO, Dr. Kwakye Ameyaw expressed appreciation to the management of Lakehead University for the support.

He said the agreement would allow the university to share its expertise and experience in international best practices for sustainable forest management in the country.

This is under the location of the school within the jurisdiction of the Ontario Province, where out of a forest cover of 71,100,000 hectares close to 63,846,325 was publicly owned and being managed sustainably, Mr. Afriyie said.

“This partnership has the potential to provide an opportunity for Forestry Commission’s technical staff to learn about both the theory and practice of sustainable mining in environmentally sensitive areas to apply the knowledge and technologies acquired to our local situations” he stated.

On his part, Dr. Leitch of the Lakehead University said that his outfit would not only bring training mentorship and capacity building to the table but would share modern technological interventions with partner agencies to improve Ghana’s forest management capacity.

“We have developed a lot of technological applications in geometrics, forest landscaping, remote sensing, satellite imagery among others to track forest health, structure and factors responsible for deforestation and forest degradation and we are happy to share such expertise”. he said.

Front row  L-R : Mr. Sam Nsiah (Lakehead University), Prof. Daniel Ofori (Director, FORIG), Prof. Victor Agyemang  (D-G ,CSIR) Ms. Kathleen Amy Afful (Canadian High Commission) Mr. Oppong - Sasu (Director, Forestry  Services) Prof. Paul Bosu (Deputy  D-G,  CSIR) Mrs. Rose Brown (HR , Director) Prof. Dr. Matthew Leitch (Lakehead University)

Source: Corporate Affairs Division, CSIR, Head Office


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