Protect the existing forest before planting more- Dr. Clement C. Blay

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In recent years, the government has been vocal about it’s tree planting initiatives, boasting about the millions of trees supposedly planted. However, a closer look reveals a lack of transparency and accountability regarding the location and types of trees being planted, raising concerns about the effectiveness and sustainability of these efforts.

One glaring issue is the absence of detailed information on the precise locations of the trees being planted.

Without this crucial data, it is impossible to verify the government’s claims and assess the impact of these initiatives. Transparency is key to building trust and ensuring that taxpayer funds are being used effectively.

Furthermore, while the government emphasizes the quantity of trees planted, little is said about the quality and diversity of these trees.

The Chief Executive Officer of SHAIP Africa, Dr. CC Blay rightly points out the importance of protecting existing forests and ecosystems before embarking on large-scale tree planting campaigns.

Simply planting millions of trees without considering the ecological context can do more harm than good.

There is a lack of clarity regarding the types of trees being planted. While the government mentions the goal of planting 10 million trees on Green Ghana Day, there is little information about the specific species being targeted.

It is essential to prioritize native species and consider factors such as soil conditions and climate resilience to ensure the long-term success of tree planting efforts.

Focusing solely on the quantity of trees planted overlooks the need for proper maintenance and care. Planting trees is just the first step; ongoing monitoring and management are necessary to ensure the survival and growth of newly planted trees.

While tree planting initiatives are commendable, they must be carried out with transparency, accountability, and a strong emphasis on conservation.

The government must provide detailed information on the location, types, and maintenance of trees being planted to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of these efforts.

Protecting existing forests and ecosystems should be a priority, and native species should be prioritized to maximize ecological benefits. Only by adopting a holistic approach can we truly address the challenges of deforestation and climate change.

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