Date For Third Green Ghana Day Disclosed
The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources responsible for Lands and Forestry, Hon Benito Owusu-Bio has announced the 2023 Green Ghana Day will be observed across the country on June 9, 2023.
The government is targeting to plant 10 million seedlings, down from the 20 million it targeted in 2022.
The event will be launched by the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in April, the Minister told the House of Parliament on Tuesday, March 21 when the world as observing the International Day of Forests 2023 under the theme; “Forests and Health”.
The Green Ghana Day was introduced by the Akufo-Addo-led government in 2021 as an aggressive national afforestation/reforestation programme to restore the lost forest cover of Ghana and to contribute to the global effort to mitigate climate change.
It was first observed on June 11 2021, when an estimated seven million tree seedlings were planted across the country.
The second edition was observed on June 10, 2022.
On the day, the President, government appointees, Members of Parliament, traditional rulers, diplomats, religious authorities, schools and many others partake in tree planting.
There was an 80% survival rate for the seedlings planted in 2021, the government said.
Last year, after the exercise, Hon Owusu Bio was hopeful the survival rate would exceed 80% due to measures put in place.
“We expect high survival rates this year, more than the 80% survival rate last year. The ministry has put in place a monitoring and assessment team under the chairmanship of Hon Francis Manu Adabo who is on the Parliamentary Select Committee to undertake a comprehensive field assessment of trees planted this year. Other members of the committee include myself, the CEO and his deputies”, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources said in 2022.
Of the 10 million seedlings target this year, Hon Owusu Bio told Parliament six million will be on reserve and four million off reserve.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini