Plant More Trees To Tackle Deforestation In Ghana

How To Control Deforestation In Ghana
How To Control Deforestation In Ghana

Source: Frank Owusu Obimpeh

Deforestation has played a key role in the depletion of the nation’s environment due to the removal of forests by humans, either for timber or to clear the land for other uses, such as agriculture or urbanisation.

In Ghana, deforestation has become a severe issue because of the country’s rapidly growing population, coupled with the increasing demand for timber, fuelwood, and agricultural land.

According to the United Nations, deforestation is a pressing issue in Ghana, with significant impacts on both the environment and the people who rely on it. The effects of deforestation are undeniable, and urgent action is needed to address this topic.

Through the efforts of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Forestry Commission, the government has exceeded the 10 million seedlings target for the 2023 Green Ghana Day, with some 11,530,672 seedlings distributed across the country so far. This number however exempts the four Regions of the North apart from the Upper West Region.

CEO of the Forestry Commission, Mr. John Allotey disclosed this when he updated the country during a Post Green Ghana Day Press Briefing, held at the Forestry Commission Head Office.

By promoting sustainable agriculture and forestry practices, improving law enforcement, and addressing corruption, Ghana can help reduce deforestation and its impact on the environment and society.


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