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

People from all walks of life participate within the ‘Green Ghana’ venture aimed toward saving depleting forest reserves.

A large drive to plant 5 million trees in Ghana started on Friday as a part of a nationwide marketing campaign to save depleting forest reserves.

Under the “Green Ghana” programme, the federal government supplied free seedlings to individuals from all walks of life, together with celebrities, officers, parliamentarians, conventional leaders and schoolchildren.

Religious and charitable organisations and heads of quite a few ethnic teams additionally took half in Friday’s effort, whereas President Nana Akufo-Addo planted a memorial tree within the backyard of Jubilee House, the federal government seat within the capital, Accra.

“This is time for action. We’re sitting on a time bomb,” mentioned Samuel Abu Jinapor, lands and pure assets minister.

“Our forest cover is depleting as a result of galamsey and harvesting of trees for different purposes,” he advised AFP news company, utilizing a neighborhood time period for casual 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, crops a Lignum Vitae (Tree of Life), at The Flag Staff House (Seat of The Presidency) in Accra on June 11, 2021, as a part of Green Ghana Day [Nipah Dennis/AFP]

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Ghana is without doubt one of the tropical international locations with the very best share of rainforest loss on the earth.

Ghana’s present forest cowl stands at 1.6 million hectares (about 4 million acres), down from 8.2 million hectares (20 million acres) in 1900, in accordance to authorities statistics.

Informal small-scale gold mining and indiscriminate felling of trees with out correct reforestation have led to big environmental degradation within the nation. Akufo-Addo has pledged a crackdown on casual small-scale mining.

The director of operations on the Forestry Commission, Hugh Brown, mentioned the “Green Ghana” venture seemed formidable however the authorities was dedicated to sustaining it over the following 5 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 advised AFP.

Neighbouring Ivory Coast final 12 months additionally launched a “tree day”, hoping to counter among the deforestation prompted largely by the cultivation of cocoa.

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

“My colleagues are excited and we’ve been given some of the seedlings to take home to also plant with our parents over the weekend. I love trees.”

A person counts seedlings obtained on the Forestry Commission in Accra on June 11, 2021, as a part of Green Ghana Day [Nipah Dennis/AFP]

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