President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has promised to lead the country to plant 20 million trees in the country to restore the lost vegetation to observe the second Green Ghana Day.
According to him the fight against climate change must be a fight against deforestation and forest degradation.
He says the depletion of the country’s forest reserve mandates all Ghanaians to play an lively position in tree planting.
“Our target is to plant at least 20 million trees this year. This figure may sound a lot, but that is nowhere near what we have lost over the years,” said the president, adding that the West African country has lost about 100,000 acres of natural forest in the last decade alone and the timber industry which generates thousands of jobs is suffering,
“Ghana is racing against time to win the war against climate change and ensure food security,” noted Akufo-Addo, who described trees and forests as necessary resources for human survival on earth and for maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
The president added he had received reports that at least 80 percent of the seedlings planted in 2021 had survived.
Samuel Abu Jinapor, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, said 10 million tree seedlings would be planted in forest reserves across the country, and the remaining would be planted outside the forest reserves.
The 2022 Green Ghana Day was observed around the country, with public figures leading the tree planting activities in regional and district capitals.
The Forestry Commission has allayed fears that the authorities won’t attain the 20 million goal, set for the planting of timber withinside the 2022 Green Ghana Project.
Environmental NGOs inclusive of A-Rocha Ghana, have expressed fears that the authorities can’t mobilise and plant 20 million seedlings. They characteristic it to the shortage of transparency all through the 2021 Project, the reclassification and de-gazetting of the Achimota Forest, in addition to the handing out of the Atewa and Nyinahin Forests for Bauxite mining.
Speaking to media, the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, John Allotey defined why the 20 million goal is achievable.
“This 12 months, the 20 million tree planting has been spilt into phases. 10 million goes into woodland reserves so as to upload to the woodland stock. Then the opposite 10 million will visit enhance our landscape. The locations were organized withinside the woodland reserves. We have the seedlings ready, and we’re going to plant greater of the indigenous wood species withinside the woodland reserves.”
President Akufo-Addo introduced plans via way of means of the authorities to plant a further 20 million timber this 12 months in guide of the Green Ghana Project. According to him, the depletion of the country’s woodland reserves mandates all Ghanaians to play an energetic function in tree planting.”
The combat towards weather alternate should be a combat towards deforestation and woodland degradation. Even aleven though we in Africa are the least participants to weather alternate, with Africa contributing 4% of world emissions, we’re decided to do our element to fight it.”
“It is for that reason we released the Green Ghana Project final 12 months as a part of a competitive afforestation and reforestation programme.
With your guide and enthusiasm, we handed our goal of five million to 7 million timber at the maiden launch. This advocated us to even do greater. I am knowledgeable that everyone those trees are doing well.”
“We have multiplied the goal this 12 months to at the least 20 million trees. This might suggest mobilizing the complete populace to make certain that every Ghanaian and every foreigner resident in Ghana vegetation at the least one tree.” He urged all people to get concerned withinside the combat towards weather alternate.