SNV Ghana and UN Capital Development Fund, co-implementers of the GrEEn project in the Western Region have collaborated with the Forestry Commission of Ghana, Jomoro Municipal Assembly and the Wassa Amenfi East Municipal Assembly as well as GrEEn service providers and service recipients in the Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) and Cash for Work (CfW) scheme to plant 1,500 tree seedlings.
The tree planting project is in line with the national agenda to address climate change issues and unemployment in Ghana under “the Green Ghana day”,
In Jomoro Municipality, tree seedlings were planted at the buffer zone of Elubo border and along the main street of the border.
Also, in the Wassa Amenfi East Municipality, tree seedlings were planted in the Gyadua community.
Dorcas Hammond, Skills Development Advisor, SNV
Ghana, GrEEn Project speaking after the exercise explained that “GrEEn project will continue to collaborate with the Forestry Commission of Ghana for survival and sustainable management of the seedlings”.
She said planting trees will offset the carbon emissions, as well as improve soil erosion and fertility for reclamation of mined lands.
The value chain according to her has great potential of creating jobs for the people especially the youth.
While supporting this agenda, Ms. Hammond said GrEEn also promotes renewable and clean energy solutions and technologies, circular economy which are fundamental causes of climate change.
She mentioned that SNV has been working with the two municipal assemblies since 2020 under the GrEEn Project.
“In May last year, SNV Ghana collaborated with the Wassa Amenfi East Municipal Assembly to organize its GrEEn Job Fair. In August 2021, it partnered with the Jomoro Municipal Assembly to organise the fourth of its GrEEn Job Fair in the Western region” she said.
She added that “the GrEEn Job Fairs aims at bringing together employers, entrepreneurs and job seekers to promote job opportunities as well as the development of entrepreneurship and innovation in the green economy”.
Elorm Kojo Ntumy, Knowledge Management and Communications Analyst, UNCDF mentioned that the communities were sensitize on the need to plant more trees to protect the environment.
The GrEEn Project also planted 1,000 tree seedlings in the Drobonso District in partnership wit Sekyere Afram Plains Assembly in the Ashanti Region.
The tree planting project, was supported by the European Union (EU).