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Environment: Major cities in Ghana to undergo greenery facelift- Jinapor

In the near future, streets in all of Ghana’s main cities will have new looks as the government gets ready to implement the ‘Green Street Project’. The project aims to “plant trees in the median and avenues of the country’s provincial capitals.” Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, the nation’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources made that announcement to pressmen on Wednesday, July 20, in Accra.

The committee that will oversee and carry out the project, which is anticipated to be inaugurated on Monday, July 25, 2022, is likely to be led by deputy minister Mr Benito Owusu-Bio.

“The national capital Accra and other regional capitals like Takoradi, Kumasi, and Tamale, among other significant cities in Ghana, would all be made more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing thanks to the Green Street project,” according to Mr Jinapor. The majority of wealthy nations have them established in their nations; London, Paris, and even certain African nations, including South Africa, are examples.”

The nation experienced the biggest annual loss of tropical primary forest in 19 years in 2020, totalling 14,272. To restore lost forest covers, the West African country started what its ministry refers to as “aggressive afforestation.”

In its efforts to restore some vegetation in the nation, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources seems to be leaving no stone unturned.

The Minister also listed several interventions that had been made in the forestry sector over the previous year, highlighting some of them as an ‘outright ban on rosewood harvesting, salvaging, trading, exporting and importing, the creation of an ecotourism handbook, and the suspension of all reconnaissance, prospecting, and/or exploration activities in forest reserves, save in exceptional cases.’

He added that in order to enforce strict adherence to these regulations and to put a stop to any unlawful logging activities, the Forestry Commission has developed a quick response squad that collaborates with other security agencies.

The Green Ghana Day, an afforestation initiative was also started by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2021, aims to restore the loss covers and instil a conservation mindset in the populace. On the celebration days in 2021 and 2022, approximately seven million and twenty-five million tree seedlings were distributed.

The sector minister also stated that the Cabinet has already approved the conversion of 156 timber concessions and permits into Timber Utilisation Contracts (TUCs), for consideration and ratification by Parliament,” by the time we complete this process, we will become the first African country to meet the European Union’s (EU) requirement to trade in legal timber and the second in the World, after Indonesia, and it will be a major boost to the African continent’s economic development.”

www.zamireports.com / Accra

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