The President of Ghana, H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo has launched the the 2022 Edition of Green Ghana Day, at the Accra International Conference Centre. The theme for this year’s exercise is “Mobilizing for a Greener Future” and it is scheduled for June 10, 2022.
The President in his keynote address said that, forests continue to be one of Ghana’s most important resource but regrettably there is a substantial decline of the country’s Forest cover. The President therefore, called for concerted efforts to combat this menace. The Green Ghana Initiative seeks to create a collective action towards restoration of degraded landscapes in the country, mitigate climate change and inculcate in the youth the values of planting and nurturing trees and their associated benefits, he continued.
Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in his statement, thanked the President and Ghanaians for their support for the Green Ghana as the planting target of 5 million trees was exceeded by 2 million. The Minister said that efforts at restoring Ghana’s forests in the past had not been effective and forceful, hence, the Green Ghana Project which was to drive efforts towards an aggressive afforestation programme to restore the lost forest cover of Ghana which contributes to the global efforts to fight climate change.
The Chief Executive of Forestry Commission (FC), Mr. John Allotey, based on the experience of Green Ghana Day 2021, FC has commenced engagement with the Department of Parks and Gardens to ensure effective planning and execution of all planting in the urban centers with the view to ensure that seedlings planted in road medians and avenues are properly maintained. The strategy for 2022 according to Mr John Allotey, is to plant 10 million seedlings, which represents 50% of the target, in degraded forest reserves, and the remaining 10million seedlings will be planted in off-reserve areas, that is, farms, schools and other spaces in urban areas.