The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has appealed to various assemblies to take responsibility for trees planted in their jurisdiction under the Green Ghana project.
The ministry explains the involvement of assemblies in ensuring the maintenance and nurturing of trees planted in the cities survive is key to achieving the intended result of the project.
Addressing the media during a tour to some selected areas where trees have been planted under the project the Technical Director in Charge of Forestry at the ministry, Joseph Osaikwa says the support of the assembly will be of great help.
“The collaboration with the district assembly now is not too good. Recently it was reported in the papers that goats were chewing the seedlings. But that’s the work of the district assemblies. Assemblies must not allow goats or cows to be grazing in the middle of the roads. I think by and large we need to engage district assemblies so that when we finish planting, then they should take responsibility for its maintenance.”
The reserves visited were Achimota, Shai Hills, and Chipa forest reserves. At these reserves, most of the seedlings were in good standing.
According to the ministry, despite some peculiar challenges it had recorded, seedlings planted during the Green Ghana Project had recorded positive survival rates. It says it recorded over 60% survival rates for both 2021 and 2022.
It added that the trees at Shai and Chipa forest reserves recorded 50% and 75% survival rates. Inadequate rainfall and wild bushfires have been cited as the cause of some seedlings not surviving.