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Diplomats plant more trees in Achimota Forest Reserve

Ghana’s quest to fight climate change and increase its reforestation drive was given a boost last Friday when members of the Diplomatic Corps joined forces with the Forestry Commission to plant trees in the Achimota Forest to commemorate the fourth edition of Green Ghana Day.

Seedlings planted by the Diplomatic Corps included Militia, Tree of Life, Mansonia, Teak, and Mahogany among other important tree species.

This year’s edition of the Green Ghana Day was held on the theme, “Growing for a Greener Tomorrow,”and targeted to plant 10 million tree seedlings.

The initiative was instituted in 2021 with the objective to restore the degraded forest landscapes of the country.

Addressing participants at a  commemorative ceremony in  Accra,the  Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Maher Kheir, stated  that  the Green Ghana Day initiative is  very significant as it has  the potential to  address the  serious environmental challenges such as climate change, deforestation, and pollution.

Mr Kheir noted, “Our planet is in trouble and Ghana, like all our countries, is feeling the effects. Climate change is altering our weather, affecting our farms, and threatening jobs. Deforestation is destroying our forests, harming wildlife, and depleting our natural resources.

“Pollution is contaminating our water, air, and soil, which is harmful to our health. Today, it’s not just about recognizing these problems but committing to solutions and taking action to protect our environment for future generations. On this Green Ghana Day, we need to understand that we all have a role to play.”

He urged all stakeholders to ensure change is achieved.

In her remarks, a Board Member of the Forestry Commission, Nana Akosua Agyeman Prempeh expressed gratitude to the diplomats for their active participation in Green Ghana Day since its inception in 2021, emphasising, “You have always graced this event with your presence, and we don’t take it for granted.

Nana Agyeman Prempeh highlighted the importance of nurturing the over 40 million trees planted in the last three editions.

She stated that, “Planting the seedlings does not end the process; they must be nurtured to maturity,” She advised the public to plant seedlings in permanent locations to ensure their longevity.

By: Mohammed Suleman/Publicagenda.news

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