Mr James Quaynor, the National Chairman of the Lands Commission, Friday said tree planting is not an event, but a continuous process, therefore all well-meaning Ghanaians should get involved to restore the lost forest cover.
Mr Quaynor gave the advice in Accra when he led the Lands Commission Ladies Association ( LACOLAS) to plant different species of tree seedlings on the Commission’s premises, to mark the Green Ghana Day.
He said trees played a critical role in the survival of humanity as they absorbed the carbon dioxide and produced oxygen, hence the need to plant trees on school compounds, backyards, along roads and other areas fo environmental sustainability.
Mr Quaynor said, for instance, that planting trees on the edges of the roads helped to prevent erosion along the embankment and prolonged the lifespan of the roads.
Dr Mrs Theodora Mends, the Chief Land Administration Officer and President of LACOLAS, underscored the need for all Ghanaians to plant trees and nurture them until they mature to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.
Earlier, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo planted a ceremonial tree at the Efua Sutherlands Children’s Park, Accra, to open the 2022 edition of the Green Ghana Day.
The government, through the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, has set a target to plant at least 20 million seedlings during the Green Ghana Day, on June 10.
It is expected that 10 million of the tree seedlings would be planted in forest reserves and the other 10 million in off reserve areas.
The maiden edition of the Green Ghana Project in 2021 saw the Planting of seven million seedlings nationwide, exceeding the five million initial target.