This morning, members of the Bamboo and Rattan Artisans Association gathered with invited guests to outdoor their new Executive Committee, as well as to outdoor the space intended for a new Bamboo and Rattan craft village located in Ayi Mensah.

Among invited guests were Green Butterfly C. E. O and Artist Yasmeen Helwani, Green Butterfly Technical Director Malcolm Nsiah, Rocky Dawuni – Performing artist and UN Environmental ambassador in the company of his wife Cary Dawuni.

The new space in Ayi Mensah was acquired for the Bamboo and Rattan Association under the Forestry Commission, as Bamboo presents a way to pursue sustainable development in many different industries,  while saving our forests from the harsh effects of de-forestation.

In his address, Rocky Dawuni expressed his joy in knowing that more is being done to develop the Bamboo and Rattan industry in Ghana. He commended Green Butterfly for all the hard work done so far to support artisans in the country and beyond, through the Green Butterfly Market that happens twice a month at the Department of Parks and Gardens. He urged stakeholders to continue working relentlessly in an effort to make sure that the dream of a Bamboo craft village in Ayi Mensah becomes a reality.

Rocky stressed on the effects of deforestation in Ghana, and how the Bamboo community can contribute to reversing its environmental effects.

Green Butterfly commends Ernest Kodjo Otoo, newly appointed National Secretary for the Bamboo and Rattan Artisans Association. Ernest is a talented Artisan who is responsible for building and maintaining all our Bamboo stands at the Department of Parks and Gardens.

Green Butterfly has expressed our gratitude to the Bamboo and Rattan Artisans Association for reaching out to us, and have pledged to partner with them to make this vision a reality.

(Photo: President of the Association (far left) with Green Butterfly team and National Treasurer of the association. (far right)