Mr. Wilson Agbanyo, the Kadjebi District Chief Executive (DCE), has appealed to Ghanaians to develop the penchant of planting more trees to mitigate climate change.
He said that would also help in the restoration of the country’s forest cover and degraded landscape adding there was the need for all to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 13 as priority to sustain our survival and protect the environment for posterity.
Mr. Agbanyo said these during the 2022 Green Ghana Day at Kadjebi in the Oti Region.
He said the slogan “when the last tree dies, the last man dies” should serve as a guiding principle for them to plant trees and nurtured them to survive.
Mr. Agbanyo said the Jasikan District office of the Forestry Commission has earmarked two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) seedlings of different varieties for Kadjebi for planting.
The DCE said, he expected individuals who planted the trees to nurture them to grow to serve the purpose of the Green Ghana Project.
He said as a civic duty, there was the need to manage the country’s forest resources by eliminating tree-cutting to make sure the forest environments remain intact. “
Mr. Agbanyo said the cutting that occurred should be balanced by planting young trees to replace older trees felled.
He said deforestation had had a negative impact on the environment; adding that the most dramatic was the loss of habitat for millions of species.
Mr. Gustav Adu, a Commissioner at the Forestry Commission, implored the participants to nurture and take care of the trees planted.
Mr. Adu advised the citizenry to stop tree cuttings as the practice affected climate change, and the environment by inhibiting water recycling, triggering severe flooding, aquifer depletion and soil degradation.