Green Ghana Day: Mpohor District Agric Directorate plant trees with students

By Chris Nkrumah || ISD Mpohor District Assembly II Contributor
Climate Green Ghana Day: Mpohor District Agric Directorate plant trees with students

On Friday, June 7, 2024, Ghana planted approximately 10 million trees, including both fruit and ornamental species, as part of an annual campaign aimed at preserving its rapidly depleting forests, which are being heavily impacted by climate change and illegal logging.

The Forestry Commission reports that Ghana has one of the highest rates of rainforest loss globally, with current forest cover only a fifth of what it was a century ago. Between 2019 and 2023, the country lost over 355 square kilometers of primary forest, compelling local timber processors to import wood from neighboring countries.

During a public event to mark the day, held with selected schools in the district and themed “Planting for a Greener Tomorrow,” District Director of Agriculture Olivia J. Mpereh Graham highlighted the economic repercussions of forest depletion.

"In our district alone, we've lost some 100 acres of natural forest in the last decade. Ghana’s timber industry, which has provided jobs for thousands, is suffering," she said. "The odum, wawa, mahogany, sapele, and several other timber species are depleting at an alarming rate."

Throughout Ghana on Friday, the Forestry Commission distributed trees to schools, businesses, religious groups, and other organizations. They also provided seedlings to individuals, encouraging them to plant the seeds at home.

"The biggest issue with any afforestation or reforestation effort isn't planting, but ensuring the survival rate of the trees. I am pleased to report that the Forestry Commission's nationwide assessment has concluded, firmly and well-groundedly, that 90% of the seedlings we plant this year will survive," stated District Coordinating Director Delphina Favour Kemeh, urging everyone present to do their part.

"We've lost over 15% of our district's forest cover due to the greenhouse effect, climate change, global warming, and illegal logging. Look at the changes in our rainfall patterns over the years. We must act now, or we are doomed," Madam Kemeh warned.

She emphasized that the Green Ghana initiative would be futile unless Ghanaians adopt tree care as a year-round cultural practice.

Teachers from the selected schools educated the students on the importance of trees in our ecosystem.

“Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, ameliorating the climate, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife.

"We must change our mindset and realize that trees are vital for life. When the last tree dies, the last man dies," the teachers imparted to the students.