Green Ghana programme launched to plant 5 million trees

By June 2021, five million trees are to be planted across the country.

Dubbed the Green Ghana Campaign, the initiative is to save Ghana’s depleting forest reserves which also serve as sources of water for several rivers.

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. John Abu Jinapor, planted the first two trees in Accra, to set the campaign in motion.

For the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. John Abu Jinapor, the Forestry Commission, must be at the forefront and devise innovative means to clamp down on mining in the country’s forest reserves.

Mr. Jinapor said the security agencies, chiefs and all Ghanaians owe it a duty to preserve the country’s forest cover for future generations.

Many say reforestation is one surest way to avert the threats of illegal mining in the country’s forest reserves, destroyed by galamsey. Tree felling, encroachment and urbanisation have all compounded the problem in Ghana.

Globally, about 10 million hectares of forests are lost each year, accounting for 12 – 20 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – a contributor to climate change. With the roll out of the Green Ghana Campaign among other initiatives – Ghana is said to be on the path to building a resilient environment.


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