As part of the National Tree Planting exercise by Government, the SDGs Advisory Unit in partnership with the Forestry Commission have planted over 1000 seedlings at the Shia Hills Resource Reserve in the Greater Accra Region on Friday 9th June 2023.
Participants who took part in the exercise include school children in communities around the forest reserve and youth groups.
Speaking to journalists after the exercise, the Director of stakeholder and Eco tourism at the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, Dr Richard Gyimah said
there was the need to plant trees to augment what the country already have..
"Our reserves are been degraded of trees so there is the need to plant trees to keep our environment intact. It is also one way of reducing emission from deforestation" he said.
He added that today's exercise was held at the Shia hills resource reserve because it is a place where it's prime objective is for both wildlife management and biodiversity conservation.
Dr Gyimah also stated that the exercise was to protect livelihoods and the animals.
The youth from the Network Development Unit also used the platform to educate the students on climate change.
The Presidential Advisor on SDGs, Dr Eugene Owusu said his Unit has been partnering the exercise since 2021.
He said the Advisory Unit was happy to join on the broder agenda on tree planting.
" We will continue to partner with the Forestry Commission and not an episodic basis but have a structure partnership for sustained support" he added.