President Akufo-Addo says government intends to enhance ongoing afforestation programmes, and see to the sustainable exploitation of the forest resources.”
The President said this when he planted a tree at the forecourt of Jubilee House, as part of “Green Ghana Day”, a day set aside to plant some five million trees across the country.
He explained that the forest is one of the most important natural resources of Ghana, as its continuous existence creates jobs, provides incomes for local communities, is a source of foreign exchange earnings through timber product exports, and offers environmental protection, including watershed protection and climate change regulation.
“However, the exploitation of forest resources for national development has not been sustainable over the years. Deforestation and forest degradation are the greatest challenges to sustainable forest management in Ghana today,” the President said.
He continued “the consequential effect of deforestation and forest degradation is severe climate change, which has dire consequences for our livelihoods, specifically the drying up of our water bodies, the pollution of our waters, loss of our prime timber species, loss of biodiversity, and change in rainfall patterns and weather conditions in the country.”
To this end, President Akufo-Addo indicated that there is an urgent need to reverse the trend, and restore the country’s forest resources, as much as possible, back to their original state.
“We do not have tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow to do this. We have to act now,” he stressed.