Ghanaians plant 5m trees to fight forest depletion

Action time’: Ghanaians plant 5m trees to fight forest depletion

People from all walks of life take part in the ‘Green Ghana’ project aimed at saving depleting forest reserves.

Five million trees were due to be planted across Ghana as part of a massive government-led 'Green Ghana' programme to save depleting forest reserves [Nipah Dennis/AFP]

Five million trees were due to be planted across Ghana as part of a massive government-led ‘Green Ghana’ programme to save depleting forest reserves [Nipah Dennis/AFP]

A massive drive to plant five million trees in Ghana began on Friday as part of a nationwide campaign to save depleting forest reserves.

Under the “Green Ghana” programme, the government provided free seedlings to people from all walks of life, including celebrities, officials, parliamentarians, traditional leaders and schoolchildren.
Religious and charitable organisations and heads of numerous ethnic groups also took part in Friday’s effort, while President Nana Akufo-Addo planted a memorial tree in the garden of Jubilee House, the government seat in the capital, Accra.

“This is time for action. We’re sitting on a time bomb,” said Samuel Abu Jinapor, lands and natural resources minister.

“Our forest cover is depleting as a result of galamsey and harvesting of trees for different purposes,” he told AFP news agency, using a local term for informal small-scale mining.

“The aim of Green Ghana is to save us now and our future generations. We can’t fail our future leaders.”

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo, centre, plants a Lignum Vitae (Tree of Life), at The Flag Staff House (Seat of The Presidency) in Accra on June 11, 2021, as part of Green Ghana Day [Nipah Dennis/AFP]

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Ghana is one of the tropical countries with the highest percentage of rainforest loss in the world.

Ghana’s current forest cover stands at 1.6 million hectares (about 4 million acres), down from 8.2 million hectares (20 million acres) in 1900, according to government statistics.

Informal small-scale gold mining and indiscriminate felling of trees without proper reforestation have led to huge environmental degradation in the country. Akufo-Addo has pledged a crackdown on informal small-scale mining.

The director of operations at the Forestry Commission, Hugh Brown, said the “Green Ghana” project looked ambitious but the government was committed to sustaining it over the next five years.

“We’ve had similar projects in the past. Once the trees were planted everybody goes their way and they end up dying. This time we’ll make it an annual affair,” he told AFP.

Neighbouring Ivory Coast last year also launched a “tree day”, hoping to counter some of the deforestation caused largely by the cultivation of cocoa.

“I’m happy to be part of this beautiful event. So far we’ve planted 15 trees today,” said Rosemond Asante, a 12-year-old student in Accra.

Source- Al Jazeera Ghana

As for the trees we must plant them to save our environment from global warming and deforestation.

The good thing about trees is that apart from giving you the needed oxygen for breathing,they also serve as medicine for us . Trees like mahogany and sapele,not forgetting the almighty Nim tree.

My fear is this could just be a camouflage because the galamseyers will destroy them now or later in future

The rate at which we are cutting trees de3 we need more tha 5 million serf, but is a start of something good so let’s all get involved it not saving the world but we can start from somewhere

I think it is a good initiative considering the global warming that is impacting us day by day. This could bring some relief into the communities and help with breaking the wind.

Great initiative by all standards and let us support the cause when we get the chance.

Yeah I agree bro. I said it a good initiative but so long as we are unable to control illegal mining and sand winning activities, the forest and it’s ecosystem will suffer a great deal of destruction in future. We protect our trees.

Yh…I think you have raised a firm point tackling the issue of our atmosphere. That’s, producing oxygen for the evironment right?
But come to think of it again, is this project going to last forever? Are we not as country diverting resources to areas where less attention is needed?