Hon. George Mireku Duker, Deputy Minister incharge for Lands and Natural Resources responsible for Mines has called on all mining stakeholders to uphold good mining practices to help preserve and restore Ghana's vegetative cover.
Speaking at a durbar on Green Ghana Day, Friday, 9th June, 2023 in Western Region, Hon. Duker indicated that, responsible mining practices contributes immensely towards government's aggressive afforestation agenda; Green Ghana Day.
" I call on all legal concessionaires to embrace all the good mining practices and initiate progressive reclamation activities at all times", he admonished.
The third edition of the Green Ghana project themed ‘Our forest, our health’, the Deputy Minister noted, re-echoes the
numerous significance derived from trees for human existence and survival, hence, the collective responsibility to plant, monitor and protect into maturity.
Hon. Duker said, deforestation and forest degradation continues to be a threat to sustainable forest management and forest resources that are being depleted at an alarming rate therefore the need to plant trees.
He disclosed that, Western Region is expected to plant 150,000 trees as part of the 10 million and uged on all in
Tarkwa to help plant in excess the 10,000 target.
Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, Paramount Chief of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area addressing the gathering applauded government for the brilliant initiative to plant trees to improve the environment.
"This should not just end with planting of trees, go ahead and take care of the trees planted".
The Green Ghana Project was instituted by the Government in 2021 as part of an aggressive national afforestation programme to restore the country’s lost forest cover and contribute to global fight against climate change.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith