Mr Isaac Noble Eshun, Bono Regional Manager of the Forest Service Division (FSD), has disclosed his outfit will exceed its target of planting 250,000 tree seedlings under the Green Ghana Project.
He stated that the region, which has 12 districts, is expected to plant 250,000 trees as part of the initiative but would exceed the target as they have already given out more seedlings to individuals ahead of the program.
The Forestry Commission, through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, has launched the Green Ghana Project to plant five million tree seedlings across the country on Friday, June 11, this year, as part of efforts to re-green the country and protect the forest reserves.
The project will be part of activities to mark this year’s International Day of Forests and is aimed at encouraging Ghanaians to plant more trees to preserve and protect the country’s forest cover and the environment.
Mr Eshun disclosed that thousands of seedlings of mahogany, teak and acacia, among other tree species, had already been distributed to the various planting sites in the regions.
The rationale behind the initiative to plant more trees is part of a strategy and a programme to embark on an aggressive afforestation to protect the country’s forests and the environment, the regional manager added.
He explained that more broad-based support was needed to address the adverse degradation of the forests and ecosystem, noting that the program initiated by President Akufo Addo for the fact that half of the country’s forest reserves was gone due to human activities and other factors.
Mr Eshun expressed the hope that the Green Ghana initiative would help restore the depleted forest reserves since the President has the vision that the Forestry Commission and the forestry sector would work with all stakeholders to increase the country’s forest cover and ensure the protection of the environment.
The regional manager said his outfit had taken the data of every individual who came for the seedlings, which would help in tracking to know the seedlings are put to good use. Those who do not make good use of the seedlings will face sanctions for causing financial loss to the state, he cautioned and appealed to all Ghanaians to participate in the programme