The Accra Metropolitan Assembly has set a target to plant 100,000 trees in the capital by the end of 2020, as part of efforts towards greening the capital.
According to the Assembly, the project is to help combat the impact of climate change in the country.
Speaking to Citi News, the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah indicated that the exercise will also target other areas outside its jurisdiction.
“This is part of the general plan of fighting global change. As you are aware, I am at the forefront globally in the fight against global warming and in Accra as a result of the increase in development the need for space for physical structures has contributed to the reduction of our trees and so I have decided to plant over 100,000 within a year. We made the declaration in September and so we are hoping that by next year September we should have planted 100,000 trees in Accra as our contribution to the fight against climate change. We are planting the trees everywhere and not only within the AMA area because the AMA area is quite small, but we are leading the crusade”.
Similar projects initiated by varies individuals and institutions in various parts of the country.
The Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has begun a tree planting exercise to plant 25 million trees across all towns and villages within the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional area in September this year.
According to him, making tree planting a lifestyle is the best way of making the environment green again.
The Rotary Club of Ho and the Forestry Commission in July this year jointly planted 950 treas along the stretch from the youth resource center under construction to Mawuli School within the Ho Municipality.
The joint effort between the Rotary Club of Ho and the Forestry commission saw over forty people were drawn from the two organizations planting and caging the trees along the stretch.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, Asantehene, has announced his commitment to providing protection for water bodies in Asanteman by planting and managing 2.5 million trees around Lake Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region.
Otumfuo made the announcement during the celebration of the Akwasidae Festival at Manhyia Palace on Sunday, July 14, 2019.
He reiterated that the objective of the project is to implement a landscape restoration intervention around Lake Bosomtwe by planting 4,000 hectares of land with 2.5 million trees over a five year period.
This, Otumfuo hoped, should ultimately help contribute to improved ecosystem service provision, climate change mitigation, and improved environmental consciousness among inhabitants of fringe communities around the Lake.