By Justina Paaga, GNA
Cape Coast, Aug.17, GNA - Mr Selete Nyomi, Executive Director of Coastal Television- Ghana, a community television station, is among 15 conservationists selected as “Hotspot Heroes” to be honoured on September 4.
The conservationists selected by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) would receive their awards at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu Hawaii, for their outstanding contribution to the conservation of biodiversity hotspots.
CEPF is a joint initiative of L’Agence Francoise de Development Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the Mac Arthur Foundation as well as the World Bank.
Mr Nyomi, who is the only West African among the 15 award winners, in an interview with the GNA, said his AGORO project uses music, live theatre and video to teach local communities about forest conservation techniques.
He said CEPF selected the Heroes from the Fund’s more than 2,000 organization around the globe, who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation of biodiversity hotspots.
The Heroes, he said, were dedicated, dynamic people who worked with CEPF to ensure that certain vital ecosystems continued to provide clean air, fresh water, healthy soils and sustainable livelihoods.
Mr Nyomi, who serves as both the Executive Director of the AGORO Centre for Intercultural learning and Talent Development and Chief Executive officer of Coastal TV, had through his efforts helped in the conservation of nature.
The programmes performed primarily for school children has been used by politicians to foster environmental policy reforms whiles Coastal TV Ghana, ensures that the programme reaches the national audience.
Mr Nyomi said the grants from CEPF allowed him to hire dedicated performers in eight communities surrounding Kakum National Park and this has enabled him to continue to expand the scope of his educational entertainment project.
He said the education of communities around the park has led to an increased awareness of ecological issues in the area as well as an increased capacity to protect the park’s resources.
The other award winners including six females are from India, Colombia, Peru, Cook Island, China, Panama, Tunisia, South Africa, Madagascar, Vietnam, Mozambique, Solomon Island and Dominican Republic.