THE Eastern Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mr. Felix Addo-Okyireh has advocated for the involvement of Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDC’s) in the region to lead their respective assemblies in the planting of trees in the in-coming Green Ghana Project.
The 2021 Green Ghana Project which is the planting of trees nationwide and scheduled to take off on June 11 is to preserve the ecology of the country.
Mr. Addo-Okyireh who made the call at a tree planting exercise at Okorase near Koforidua in the Akuapem North Municipality of the Eastern Region on Tuesday (June 8), also suggested the mobilization of school children, churches, mosques, traders, by the political heads in the exercise to ensure its success.
The exercise with the theme; “Growing Trees and Greening Cities Involved the Planting of 62,500 species of tree within two years in the region out of which 560 trees were planted within Okorase and its environs on Tuesday (June 8), Mr. Addo-Okyireh said the Eastern Regional office of the EPA in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Gardens we’re making available about 1,000 seedlings to be planted within the Okorase community and its surroundings.
The variety of trees planted included Blighia Sapida, Moraya Exotica, Cassia Saurea, and Delonix Regia among others.
He explained that the first planting which took place at Okorase was meant to set the tone to encourage the general public to grow trees and also ensure that those already existing were well protected.
Mr. Addo-Okyireh outlined the few benefits of the exercise which he said was meant to change the urban environment.
He told the gathering that tree and flora planting would form a complete greenery system which would achieve purification of air, prevention of pollution, adjusting of climate, improvement of soil quality as well as enhancement of visual ecology.
Apart from that, he also enumerated other benefits of tree planting which included adding aesthetic quality and human dimension to the urban design for the creation of a more pleasant landscape.
According to the Regional Director of EPA, greening defines space among buildings and could be used to delineate vistas to form interesting view corridors and also provide a sense of seasonal change that enhances the visual interest of the city scene and vibrancy of the city life among many other benefits.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Seth Kwame Acheampong on his part reiterated the harm being caused to the country’s ecology by illegal miners and their associated activities in some parts of the region.
Such activities, he said had been creating a lot of havoc, depletion of forest cover, and destruction of water bodies at an alarming rate that could never be imagined.
Such a dangerous situation, the Regional Minister pointed, if not addressed could be so devastating to both present and future generations.
He, therefore, stressed the need for the planting of more trees to preserve the ecology.
Mr. Acheampong called on the public to plant and nurture trees till they mature.
He was hopeful that the planting exercise would be a platform for the discussions of the negative impacts of human activities on the environment to inure a perpetual roadmap in dealing with the menace in the country.
For his part, the Eastern Regional Director of the Department of Parks and Gardens, Mr. Julius Frederick Appiah said the ecosystem restoration was in line with his outfit’s mandate to preserve and conserve the ecosystem.
According to him, the destruction of water bodies, flora, and fauna as well as the soil would lead to the destruction of the human race.
Mr. Appiah who stated that the time to reverse the situation of environmental degradation was now, called for support from the public to make the tree planting exercise in the region a success.