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Green Ghana Day: 20 million trees to be planted- Benito Owusu-Bio

Twenty (20) million trees are to be planted nationwide next year under the Green Ghana Project being championed by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. According to the Deputy Minister in charge of Lands and Forestry Mr Benito Owosu-Bio, the targeted figure is an expansion of the exercise which saw to the planting of seven million trees in June 2021.

At a press briefing on December 16, 2021, Mr Owusu-Bio noted that, unlike the 2021 edition where the Ministry had to rely solely on donor funds for the exercise, the government has allocated funds for the 2022 edition. He, however, made a passionate appeal to institutions and benevolent Ghanaians to provide financial support to the Ministry to realize the dream of planting, nursing, and growing the trees.

Mr Owusu-Bio noted that government will step up its effort to combat climate change next year with the introduction of more programs that will protect the country’s forest cover and environment in general.

In a related development, the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission Mr John Allotey revealed that after thirteen years of uncertainty, Cabinet approved the wildlife bill is now ready for Parliament for the next steps to be taken. He described it as a manifestation of the commitment of the Akufo-Addo government to the protection of Ghana’s forest reserves.

Mr Allotey said it is a game-changer for his outfit as it will clothe them with the power and funding source to carry out their core duty of protecting Ghana’s forest reserves.

“This means we have the next three years to exhaust the other processes and get it enacted into law. This bill is important because though Ghana signed onto so many international conventions, our laws do not actually support some of them and we needed legislation to back them,” he noted.

The Wildlife Resources Management Bill set out to address gaps and shortfalls in the current wildlife laws. The new Wildlife Resources Management Bill has been developed through an extensive consultative process involving both state and non-state actors.

Source: PR Unit – MLNR.

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