Green Ghana Day: Nation Unites to Plant 10 Million Trees

by Louisa Afful
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Accra, Ghana
In a remarkable display of national unity and environmental stewardship, today marks Green Ghana Day, an ambitious annual event aimed at planting 10 million tree seedlings across the country. Spearheaded by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, this initiative sees President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo leading a high-profile tree planting ceremony at Nicholson Stadium, Burma Camp, in Accra.

Since its inception in 2021, the Green Ghana initiative has achieved extraordinary success, with over 41 million trees planted to date and approximately 30 million flourishing at various stages of growth. Minister Jinapor underscored the program’s impact, highlighting the record-breaking achievement of 24 million trees planted in 2022 alone. The initiative’s impressive survival rates—67% in 2021, 72% in 2022, and 81% in 2023—underscore its effectiveness and the nation’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

This year’s edition, themed “Growing for a Greener Tomorrow,” aims to galvanize citizens in the fight against climate change through active participation in tree planting and nurturing. The government has ensured meticulous preparations, securing an ample supply of seedlings and allocating GH¢1.5 million for the project. Significant support from the private sector has also been pivotal in bolstering these efforts.

The 2024 planting strategy focuses on rehabilitating degraded forest reserves with six million seedlings designated for these areas. The remaining four million seedlings will enhance communities, farms, watershed areas, and other public spaces. A diverse array of seedlings, including timber, shade, ornamental, fruit, and multipurpose trees such as Eucalyptus, Mahogany, Mango, and Coconut, will be planted, catering to the varied climatic conditions across Ghana’s regions.
As Ghanaians come together to plant trees today, the initiative not only aims to transform landscapes but also to cultivate a culture of environmental responsibility. Green Ghana Day stands as a testament to the nation’s dedication to creating a sustainable and greener future for generations to come.


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