Ghana on Friday launched a green project called Green Ghana Day aimed at getting citizens to plant over 5 million trees.
The project is expected to mobilize efforts to preserve and protect the country’s forest cover and the environment.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo lead the event on Friday which was replicated across the country.
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) June 8, 2021
Thousands of people participated in the project, planting trees at home, offices, communities among others.
Several thousands of bags containing millions of different types of seedlings were distributed in the 16 regions of Ghana for the occasion.
It’s #GreenGhanaDay and the Australian High Commission is following President @NAkufoAddo’s lead and planting trees to #GreenGhana and reach the goal of planting #FiveMillionTrees. Kwame is taking home two coconut and mango trees to plant this weekend. pic.twitter.com/FzAWWfV4yp
— Gregory Andrews (@AusAmbGHA) June 11, 2021
Thankful to the Ghana Forestry Commission for the gift of tree seedlings and gardening tools as we joined in on #GreenGhanaDay. Happy to see more trees come to our green campus! #LetsGoPlanting @mlnrgovgh pic.twitter.com/MA1i54Z3xz
— Ashesi University (@Ashesi) June 11, 2021
IGP plants a tree in support of #GreenGhana. Join in the campaign to plant #5milliontrees across the country today.#LetsGoPlanting #GreenGhanaDay #GreenGhana #GreenGhanaProject pic.twitter.com/tW7OwY4HQ5
— Ameyaw Debrah (@ameyaw112) June 11, 2021
It is the #GreenGhanaDay !! We started the morning planting a #cocoa tree at the @EuropeInGhana . Mr Azumah, our gardener, Celine, focal point for #cocoa and Christopher, focal point for forestry were excited to take the lead! @fcghana2020 #5milliontrees
More to plant ?!! pic.twitter.com/9tx8TDo68D
— European Union Ghana (@EuropeInGhana) June 11, 2021
Ghana’s Lands Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor described the event as a great achievement for the country.
“As part of the programme, we are seeking to work out a formula where the trees to be planted will be economic trees. The rationale for this intervention is so that in planting the trees, we are also investing for the future,” he said.
Ghana’s forest areas have been depleted by 80% since 1900 and illegal mining cutting of trees have played a part.
The government hopes to address the crisis with this new project.