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Ghana plants 5 million trees in a single day to combat deforestation

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Ghana plants 5 million trees in a single day to combat deforestation

ACCRA: Ghana aimed to plant at least 5 million trees in a single day on Friday to help regrow the country’s lost forests and curb the impacts of climate change, the president said.

The expansion of farming, and to a lesser degree mining and logging, has led to high levels of deforestation in Ghana, environmentalists say.

Forest cover in the West African gold miner has dwindled to less than a fifth of what it was in the 1990s, according to Forestry Commission figures.

At Jubilee House, the seat of Ghana’s presidency, President Akufo-Addo planted a seedling of lignum vitae, one of the world’s strongest hardwoods. The species is locally referred to as the “Tree of Life” for its medicinal qualities

The exploitation of forest resources for national development has not been sustainable over the years,” Akufo-Addo said in a speech marking the country’s inaugural Green Ghana Day.

“We don’t have tomorrow or the day after tomorrow to do this. We have to act now,” he added.

More than 7 million seedlings were distributed to Ghanaian parks, schools and businesses ahead of the day’s events, according to the lands ministry.

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