The Delegation of the European Union to Ghana organised, on 4 June 2021, a round table in Accra to discuss available options to regreen Ghana, identify and propose ideas and solutions to involve communities and to increase the sustainability of the processes.
The roundtable was to mark World Environmental Day, which fell on 5 June 2021 on the global theme: “Ecosystem Restoration”. It was about preventing, halting, and reversing environmental damages to the Earth’s ecosystems.
The roundtable in Accra was to enable participants including the representatives of EU funded projects in Ghana, the government agencies, international organisations, and NGOs, to brainstorm on how to involve communities in greening efforts.
The EU Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs Diana Acconcia and other stakeholders, Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee, Co-chair of the 5 Million Green Ghana Project, Ms Rita Weidinger Director of ComCashew programme and coordinator of the EU REACH project; Mr Edward Anaba Akunyagra from World vision and project manager of the EU Reversing Land Degradation project; Mr Michael O. Misbah, Director from GreenWay International and Mr Richmond Quarcoo, Director from Plastic Punch joined in the discussion.
The participants agreed on the following recommendations:
- Collaboration to create awareness and behaviour change
Collaborate and partner with other entities. This leads to better results and promotes a collective effort towards a behaviour change.
Engage and involve communities, in particular women and traditional leaders in reforestation.
Explain at school why tree planting and reforestation is important to protect the environment and biodiversity.
Promote and communicate all over Ghana the Green Ghana project.
- Prepare well where to plant trees
Identify and plan, together with the district assemblies, proper places for tree planting and reforestation.
Plant trees close to the sea. This avoids coastal erosion and protects the beaches.
- Trees as a business opportunity
Have a market oriented approach and combine tree planting with agriculture practices Promote the tree planting as a business opportunity and a possibility to increase the income of the households.
- Maintenance and evaluation
To increase the survival rate, nurture and maintain the trees after planting.
Avoid to wrap the seedlings in plastic bags: identify a more sustainable way to protect them.
Assess the impact of the ‘Five million trees’ initiatives and guarantee the sustainability of the project.
Issued by the European Union Delegation to Ghana