• Thu. Aug 4th, 2022

President Akufo-Addo declares June 10 as ‘Green Ghana Day’

The theme for this year’s Green Ghana Day is “Mobilizing for a Greener Future,” according to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The President made the announcement on March 1, 2022, at the Accra International Conference Centre, when he launched the 2022 edition of Green Ghana Day.

The Green Ghana Day was established by the government last year, under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, as part of an ambitious afforestation and restoration strategy aimed at restoring the country’s lost forest cover.

On June 11, 2021, the first Green Ghana Day was conducted, with the President leading the entire nation in planting almost seven million trees, exceeding the five million tree target.

The President remarked at the event that forest is one of our country’s most important natural resources because it offers a source of living for many people and creates revenue for the country.

Last year, the forest sector produced about one billion Ghana Cedis (GHS1,000,000,000.00) in revenue from exports, he said.

Forests, according to the President, are also critical in the battle against climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. “With only eight years to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals we set for ourselves,” the President observed, “climate change continues to undermine our efforts by affecting the fundamentals required to achieve the Goals.”

He criticized the indiscriminate destruction of the world’s forests, particularly in Africa, where net forest loss continues to rise. The President stated that a greener future is crucial for the survival of our planet, and that every person has a responsibility to conserve and safeguard the environment under Article 41(k) of the Constitution.

The 2022 edition of Green Ghana Day, according to President Akufo-Addo, aims to plant twenty million (20,000,000) trees around the country. He urged all Ghanaians and residents to plant trees on June 10th, to encourage others to do the same, and to commit to seeing that the trees planted mature.

The President expressed his hope that individuals will contribute in a variety of ways to keep the exercise from costing the government money.

According to Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, the country has lost approximately eight million hectares (8,000,000 ha) of forest since 1900, yet only 157,300 hectares (157,300 ha) of forest have been planted between 1963 and 2016.

Between 2017 and the third quarter of 2021, four hundred and seventy-seven thousand, four hundred and eighty-five point five hectares (477, 485.5 ha) of forest were cultivated as a result of the government’s vigorous afforestation initiative, he said.

“While this is significant, it is insufficient in comparison to the approximately eight million hectares (8,000,000 ha) destroyed over the years,” the Minister stated. As a result, he urged people from all walks of life to work together to create a green Ghana.

Mr. Jinapor appealed for everyone’s help in contributing to the program, stating that the objective of twenty million trees is quite ambitious and will necessitate a lot of resources.

During this year’s edition of Green Ghana, he noted, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources aims to pilot the concept of carbon trading with Corporate Ghana.

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