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Posted: 15 May 2015



The Forestry Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources will celebrate the 4th Forestry Week and Greening Ghana Day from 23rd - 29th May, 2015. The theme for the week-long celebration is “Healthy Forests Mitigate Climate Change”.

This celebration is to commemorate the International Day of Forests which falls on March 21 each year. It is a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests. The UN however, allows member states to adapt the celebration of the International Day of Forests as well as the date, to suit their peculiar circumstances.
The Forestry Commission of Ghana chose the month of May for the celebration of the Day because of favourable climatic conditions during that time of the year for tree planting and other silvicultural operations.

Activities earmarked for the week long celebration are:

a. Inter-schools Quiz Competition on Forests and Climate Change – 23rd May, 2015, 9.00 am, at the Forestry Commission Auditorium.
b. Launch of “One Man, One Tree” Campaign – 26th May, 2015, at 9.00 am at the Achimota Forest.
c. National Colloquium on Forests Investment Opportunities and Climate Change, 27th May, 2015, 9.00 am, at the Accra International Conference Centre.
d. Legal Education Day on Forests and Wildlife Laws – 28th May, 2015, at 12.00 noon, at the Forestry Commission Auditorium.
e. Grand Durbar and Greening Ghana Day, 29th May, 2015,9.00 am at the Ghanatta SHS Park, Dodowa, Greater Accra Region.

As part of sensitization and behavioural change programmes for the youth of Ghana, the Forestry Commission will organize an inter-school quiz contest on climate change and its mitigation and adaptation measures, of which forests play a major role on 23rd May, 2015. Dubbed “Catch Them Young”, it is a way of sensitizing the youth, who are the future policy makers on the need to act responsibly to protect the forest. It is a learning platform for the students and their peers as literature on forests and climate change will be made available to the students before and after the competitions, to be used as reference materials. Competing schools are Achimota SHS, Amasaman Technical High School, Ghanatta SHS and Presbyterian Boys SHS. There will be mouth-watering prizes for all contesting schools, with the winner taking home a desk top computer with accessories.

On 26th May 2015, the Forestry Commission will launch the “One Man, One Tree “campaign. This will bring together people from all walks of life to plant trees in the Achimota Forest, which has been degraded by human activities. The philosophy behind this campaign is to get all Ghanaians to plant and nurture at least one tree every year, so that by the end of a particular year, 27 million Ghanaians would have planted 27 million trees. If that trend continues all over the country, Ghana’s forest cover will be increased tremendously.

Wednesday, 27th May, 2015 will see a national colloquium on Forests Investment Opportunities and Climate Change unfolding at the Accra International Conference Centre. This event is to bring to the fore the various opportunities that are inherent in the forest and wildlife sectors of the country. Speakers are, Mr. Samuel Afari Dartey, Chief Executive of Forestry Commission; Professor Chris Gordon, Chairman of the National Climate Change Committee and Lecturer at the University of Ghana; and Mr. Isaac Gyamfi, Managing Director of SOLIDARIDAD. The event will be chaired by Dr. Victor Agyemang, Director General of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Accra. Topics for the event are: The Contribution of the Forestry Commission in National Development; Understanding Climate Change; and Forests Investment Opportunities- Economics of Climate Change.

A workshop on Legal Education on Forests and Wildlife will be held on Thursday, 28th May, 2015. This workshop will bring together members of the legal fraternity and security services to refresh their minds on forest and wildlife laws. This event seeks to remind the participants that the roles they play at their various points of operation is of immense importance to the attempts at dissuading and preventing recalcitrant people from undertaking illegal activities in the forest.

Friday, 29th May, 2015 will see the climax of the week-long celebration with a Grand Durbar and Greening Ghana Day at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region. Here, people from all walks of life in the country, ranging from traditional authorities, security services, students, government representatives, local groups, opinion leaders, politicians, civil society organisations and the general public will meet to bring the event to a crescendo. After that, there will be a ceremonial tree planting exercise to commemorate the day.

The general public is kindly invited to join the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Forestry Commission in the celebration of this important event as it is our collective responsibilities to protect our environment and our forests for the present and unborn generations, thereby saving lives.


Joyce Ofori Kwafo
(Corporate Affairs & Media Relations Manager)

For further information, contact:
The Corporate Affairs & Media Relations Unit,
Forestry Commission, Accra.
Tel: 233 (0) 302 401 210233/ (0) 302 401 210/ (0) 244 643780
Email: jokwafo@fcghana.org/ afuakwafo2000@yahoo.com
Website: www.fcghana.org


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