Development of the Digya National Park (DNP) has long been ignored with little or no attention accorded it by government and relevant stakeholders in the Tourism sector.

This was made known on the floor or Parliament by Hon. Dominic Napare, M.P For Sene East Constituency.

According to the MP the Digya National Park which is located largely in the Sene East and West Districts served as a huge? resource potential, the development of which can generate significant revenue to the growth of the District.

He mentioned that there are about seven (7)main National Parks? in Ghana which when developed appropriately in terms of Tourism, would go a long way to support? ?our strive at increasing revenue in a bid?? to building a strong and resilient economy.? He stated that parks as the Mole, Digya, Bui and Ankasa.

The Digya National Park he averred, is unique as it transverses across traditional, political and regional boundaries.

?It is therefore national in character and its development will benefit many regions of the country,? the MP said.

?Mr. Speaker, traditionally, Digya falls under the Nkomi, Kamawu, and Ajade Traditional Councils. Politically, the park comes basically under sene East and West, and overlaps into Afram plains North and South, and Sekyere West Districts.?

 

The park, with a land area of 3,478Km2 is the first Wildlife protected area. It is Ghana’s second largest park, (after Mole (NP), created in 1911 but gained national park status in 1971 under the wildlife reserve regulation (LI 710).

Hon. Dominic Napare also noted that although the Digya National Park has been with the most unique natural features, it still remains the least developed in the country as a tourist center.

the Digya Park he pointed out, is the historical home of diverse mammal species including elephant, buffalo, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck, species of duiker, primate species of (black and white colobus, mona monkey, patas, green monkey, baboon and rare Diana monkey), porcupine, etc two extinct large mammals; the black rhinoceros, and the garious wildebeest, are likewise prevalent with nocturnal species like servals jackels, genets, civet cat, galagos and pottos.

?Looking at the strategic imperatives of the Digya Park, alongside the Ghana wildlife policy, and in the light of the above observations of biological inventories and socio-economic potentials, I strongly suggest that the sector Agencies and ministry-Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, Ministry of Tourism, the Public/ Private Partnership unit at the presidency, district Assemblies and regional coordinating councils within the Park’s catchment area work with a combined effort to;

?.. actively ensure the protection and maintenance of the physical, biological and aesthetic features of the park, earnestly explose and exploit the park’s enormous potential for tourism, based on its interesting features and lake facilities for recreation and seriously integrate the development of the park into the concept of local economic development of the catchment area.?

He also called for an improved accessibility to attract the needed economic value in order for this potential to be realized, stressing that the right facilities such as camp sites, tree hides/viewing platforms, trails, game viewing roads, water transport facilities must be put in place.

The MP averred that the direct positive impact of tourism development on the socio-economic live of the large unemployed? youth and the local communities cannot be overemphasized and hence the national aim of increasing the sector’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) and foreign exchange earnings as well as high value employment and income is critical.

He presented a research document detailed ”development concept for Digya National Park (DNP)? by the Commercial Development Unit of the WildLife Division which, he said the Ministry of Tourism and the Minster in charge of Public/Private Partnership(PPP) at the Presidency should consider for adoption in saving the Digya Park.?

 

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