Ghana’s government has allocated GH¢144million over the next two-years to fund an initiative dubbed ‘Greening Ghana’.
The project is aimed at engaging 15,000 youth to plant trees under the government’s Youth in Agriculture and Afforestation Module.
The Greening Ghana programme is being spearheaded by the country’s Forestry Commission and is targeted at making Ghana green within the next 10 years through planting trees at public places: including major roadsides, schools, hospitals, hotels, churchyards and around water-bodies.
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie-Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, speaking to journalists after a visit to Achimota Nursery Site in Accra, said: “By the next 10 years, we will ensure that Ghana is green again. In some places, when you touch down you see that the entire country is green with trees; we want to replicate that in Ghana.”
As part of the programme, the Commission will cultivate some 400 trees per hectare, many of which will be commercial trees for industry.
Data from the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) 2020, a global public-private partnership in which partners aim to reduce tropical deforestation, show that the country’s forest cover has dwindled from a high of 8.4million hectares as at 1900 to a low of 1.8million hectares currently.