It is a pleasure to come to you, our cherished donors, partners and collaborators in biodiversity for conservation. You will agree with me that this year has been eventful for natural resource management in Ghana and the continent as a whole. We can say with some level of certainty that our numerous biodiversity targets can be met but it will come with a huge price.
While CSOs have done a tremendous job by sending the message of sustainable use to the grassroots, there is more areas to be covered. The rest of the constituents can be reached if CSOs increase their presence at the grassroot level, build local capacity, and encourage the formation of community-based organizations to advocate for issues that are specific to that locality and resources can be generated at that level to fight the problems. In an attempt to hit this milestone, the challenge of funding that is currently hitting international and national steps in.