The central regional office of the Forestry Services Division of the Forestry Commission (FC) has expressed optimism about the success of the second edition of the Green Ghana initiative.
He said the region is 80% ready to embrace the Day and will realize the President’s vision through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) to restore all lost forest reserves and water bodies in the country. .
Mr. Michael Pentsil, the Regional Director of the Forest Services Division disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Cape Coast.
He said the region was to plant about 1.6 million tree seedlings, on Friday, June 10, 2022, as part of the Green Ghana project.
The trees expected to be planted in the region this year are 1,599,350,000.00 more than the 650,000.00 planted last year.
The regional director said media engagements, television and radio advertisements have begun in the region to raise awareness and generate public interest in participating in the exercise.
Furthermore, he said that invitation letters have been distributed to the 23 Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs), departments, institutions, schools, religious bodies, traditional rulers, among others, to seek their support in exercising to come.
Mr. Pentsil noted that all kinds of trees to be planted on the scheduled date were ready and called on everyone to plant a tree to support the class.
Some trees to plant this year include fruit trees, ornamental trees, native and exotic trees, among others.
The region, Mr. Pentsil said, was divided into four sectors, namely; Assin Fosu, Dunkwa, Winneba and Cape Coast to ensure that all areas, especially the more remote ones, were captured in the planting project to help achieve this year’s milestone.
Last year, in the first fiscal year of the project, more than 650,000.00 were planted in the 23 townships, municipalities and districts (MMDAs) in the region and 85 percent of them are growing well, according to the FC.
The reforestation project aims to quickly reclaim and renovate degraded land and restore the country’s lost green environment.
The government, with the support of various stakeholders, undertook a nationwide tree planting exercise last year to restore the country’s forest cover.
Over five million trees have been planted across the country under the Green Ghana project which also aims to encourage citizens and inculcate the habit of planting trees to protect vegetation cover for a balanced ecology and as long-term measure against strong storms.
The Green Ghana Project is a presidential initiative launched by President Nana Akufo-Addo on March 23, 2021, to mobilize Ghanaians to preserve the country’s forest and beautify every community.