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Chief of Staff courts support for govt in planting of 10 million trees

In order to meet Ghana’s aim of planting 20 million trees through the Green Ghana project, the Chief of Staff has emphasized the significance of increased collaboration and broader stakeholder engagement.

Recognising the scale of the target, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare emphasised that concerted efforts and involvement from various stakeholders are essential for its successful implementation.

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By involving key actors such as students, Corporate Ghana, traditional authorities, and religious bodies, Mrs Osei-Opare believes there will be some sort of shared responsibility which would foster a sense of ownership among all segments of society in Ghana towards achieving the 20 million target.

“This can only be achieved through a concerted effort and broader stakeholder involvement,” she said at the Green Ghana Day event at Achiaman Junior High School in the Ga West Municipal District Assembly.

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Green Ghana Day

The Green Ghana Initiative was established in response to the loss of natural forest cover in Ghana.

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According to Global Forest Watch, Ghana lost 101,000 hectares of natural forest in 2021, resulting in approximately 62.9 million metric tons of CO₂ emissions.

The initiative aims to address the environmental and health threats posed by deforestation.

“It is, therefore, more important, than ever, for us all to stand up boldly and engage in nationwide tree-planting exercises such as this. This would help reduce the serious health and environmental threats posed by deforestation to our citizens,” Mrs Osei-Opare said.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo also exercised his commitment to this laudable initiative by planting a variety of trees at the Mensah Sarbah Hall at the University of Ghana.

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