Ghana is planting trees on a large scale today to combat deforestation. The Ghana Environment Commission reported on social media that as of noon local time, 2.5 million of the planned 5 million trees have been planted.
“In recent years, the practice of developing forests for economic development has not been sustainable. We must act now,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said before planting woody plants. Pokhout is a tropical hardwood, which is known locally as the tree of life due to its medicinal properties.
Agriculture replaces the jungle
According to official statistics, this West African country still has about 1.6 million hectares of jungle. This is only a small part of the last century: more than 8 million hectares of forest. These trees mainly give way to crops. To a lesser extent, mining and logging also play a role in deforestation.
The government claims that it is now trying to turn the tide. Therefore, the Green Ghana Day should become a recurring phenomenon. The ambitious goal is to plant about 100 million trees by 2024.
In order to reach 5 million in one day, about 7 million tree species have been distributed in advance in schools, companies and parks. In shopping malls in big cities, shoppers get their own tree planting kits.