Using the timber from a vast underwater forest present in Ghana will help in rebuilding Notre-Dame Cathedral for being environmental friendly. Earlier in April, a fire has affected the roofs of Notre-Dame Cathedral, a Paris icon.
Now a Ghanaian company has presented a proposal to France. According to the proposal, the vast forest beneath Lake Volta can bring the cathedral into its original state. Immense tropical trees remain sunk under the lake from the time when Akosombo Dam inundated Volta River Basin. The Ghanaian company has the concession to harvest this stronger wood.
According to Kete Krachi Timber Recovery, the lake’s bog-like environments have made the wood stronger and now fossilization has started. Some of the experts have also appreciated the proposal as a genius idea. However, some critics threaten that it can prove devastating for the ecosystem.
In the 12th Century, the wood of 1,300 trees, which deforested 52 acres, use in the construction of the cathedral’s iconic frame and spire. The Vice President of French Preservation Group revealed that France doesn’t have oak trees to shape the original structure. The CEO of Kete Krachi said those typical African hardwoods just like oak trees that can use in reconstruction.
Meanwhile, Kete Krachi has permission from the government to harvest the underwater timber through machinery with the help of video and GPS navigation.
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