As part of the Green Ghana program, the government hopes to grow at least 10 million trees this year, according to Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources.
Despite the government’s goal of 20 million trees being planted throughout Ghana’s 16 regions, at least 22,671,696 million trees were planted in 2022.
According to the minister, the goal was reduced this year because the government wants to focus more on tending the more than 30 million trees that have already been planted in the last two years to ensure that they all mature.
In a statement to the media on Tuesday, February 28, Jinapor urged Ghanaians to take ownership of the effort.
“This year the president of the republic has decided that we lower the target to 10 million trees,” Jinapor said. “This is to enable us devote much attention to nurturing over 30 million trees already planted to ensure that all of them reach maturity.”
The Minister also revealed that his Ministry is working together to execute a Green Street Project with the ministries of parks and gardens and municipal roads.
In order to combat climate change and beautify towns across the nation, the Green Street Project is planting trees in the medians of streets and pathways of important roadways.
The Green Ghana Project was launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to mobilize Ghanaians for a national tree-planting effort.
The first greening initiative was introduced by the Minister of Lands in March 2021 as part of celebrations for the International Day of Trees, which fell on March 21.