The 8th Forestry Week and Greening Ghana Day has been slated for the Bono Region from the 11th to 12th June, 2019.
A statement signed by the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie said the celebration is to commemorate the International Day of Forests, which falls on March 21 each year.
According to the Commission, the theme for the celebration is “Forests and Education: Our Responsibility”.
The International Day of Forests is a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests.
The UN, however, allows member countries to adapt the celebration of the International Day of Forests as well as the date, to suit their peculiar circumstances.
The Forestry Commission and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources settled the month of June for the celebration of the Day because of favourable climatic conditions during that time of the year for tree planting.
Activities earmarked for the week long celebration are awareness creation and educational campaigns on forest protection and growth throughout the country.
Six Senior High Schools in the Bono Region will battle for honours in an Inter-schools debate competition on 11th June, 2019 at the University of Energy and Natural Resources Auditorium in Sunyani.
Competing schools are the Sunyani Senior High School, St. James SHS, Twene Amanfo SHS, Notredame SHS and Sacred Heart SHS.
A grand durbar and Greening Ghana Day will be held on 12th June, 2019 at the Presby Basic School Park, Nsoatre, in the Sunyani West District.
FUNDING GREENING GHANA
In May last year, the Ministry of Finance allocated GH¢144million to fund the ‘Greening Ghana’ initiative aimed at engaging 15,000 youth for the tree planting project under the Youth in Agriculture and Afforestation Module.
The Greening Ghana programme is an initiative being spearheaded by Forestry Commission and is targeted at making Ghana green within the next 10 years through planting trees at public places: including major roadsides, schools, hospitals, hotels, churchyards and around water-bodies.
The programme is also in line with government’s job creation agenda and commitment to solving the unemployment situation in the country.
Announcing the allocation, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, said at the time that, “By the next 10 years, we will ensure that Ghana is green again. In some places, when you touch down you see that the entire country is green with trees; we want to replicate that in Ghana”.
He explained that the Ministry of Finance had allocated GH¢6million a month to pay allowances for the 15,000 youth engaged by the Commission
As part of the project, which had been oversubscribed with more than 33,000 youth applying, personnel of the programme were to be trained and equipped to, among others, carry out forestry plantation establishment, maintain existing forest plantations, and enrichment plantation.
Mr. Afriyie indicated that the Forest Service Division had also begun implementation of the modified Tanya System under the National Forest Plantation Development Programme, which had since engaged over 10,000 farmers across the country and an estimated 4,000 hectares of forest plantations had been established within degraded forest reserves.
The Forestry Commission and the Youth Employment Agency, in November 2017, signed a service agreement to engage 15,000 youth across the country to implement a Forest Plantation Programme.
The programme, under the Youth in Agriculture and Afforestation Module, is to enable the youth contribute to environmental and forest protection in the country.