Ghana has lost 80% of its forest cover – Jinapor

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor has revealed that Ghana has lost about 80 per cent of its forest cover since 1900.

He described this as a crisis situation facing the country.

Addressing a press conference in Parliament on Wednesday June 8 regarding the Green Ghana Day exercise scheduled to take place on Friday June 10, he said “Since 1900, Ghana has lost a whopping 80 per cent of its forest cover and therefore, we have a crisis situation, climate change is reaching a tipping point and Ghana, as respected member of the international community is contributing its quota to the global efforts at halting climate change.”

He further revealed that the Ministry plans to plant 10 million seedlings on reserve compartments and 10 million across the country, in schools, churches, homes, mosques and other public areas.

“I want to thank the Speaker of Parliament and the Honourable members of the August House of Parliament for being very supportive and enthusiastic about this year’s Green Ghana Day.

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“Indeed, as you may be aware ,the Speaker has just announced that Parliament will not sit on Friday. This is to enable Members of Parliament travel to their constituencies to lead their constituents in participating in this year’s Green Ghana Day. We want to thank the speaker for this momentous decision. That gives us great impetus and gives us a lot of momentum moving forward to Friday,” he said.

The Damongo lawmaker added “This year, we have decided to plant 10illion seedlings in on-reserve compartments and plant 10 other million seedlings across the country – in schools, church compounds, mosques and on the streets, in our homes, and in public areas of our country.

“We are planting 10million in forest reserve and planting 10milliona cross the country. we are calling on all Ghanaians, all residents of Ghana and all persons who will be visiting Ghana to join forces with the government and join forces with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Forestry Commission or us to be able to make this noble undertaking and momentous undertaking and resounding success.”

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The theme for this year’s Green Ghana Day exercise is “Mobilizing for a Greener Future”.

During the launch of the exercise earlier at the Accra International Conference Centre, President in his keynote address said that, forests continue to be one of Ghana’s most important resource but regrettably there is a substantial decline of the country’s Forest cover.

He called for concerted efforts to combat this menace. The Green Ghana Initiative seeks to create a collective action towards restoration of degraded landscapes in the country, mitigate climate change and inculcate in the youth the values of planting and nurturing trees and their associated benefits, he continued.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana


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