Sunyani, June 11, 2024

The Ghana Institute of Planning (GIP) (National Chapter) has asked all it Regional Chapters across the country to consciously incorporate tree planting project as part of their day-to-day planning activities. 

Planner Percy Anaab Bukari, the National President, GIP, was speaking to the  media in an interview in Sunyani about the importance of trees to mankind and commended the government’s tree planting initiative.

He said the Green Ghana project by President Nana Akufo-Addo would restore and increase forest cover and mitigate the impact of climate change.

Pln. Anaab Bukari emphasized the tree planting project is a laudable initiative with the potential to offset fossil fuel emissions.

According to him, trees plays a vital role not only in settlement design but also in the global carbon cycle, and the Green Ghana project is a visionary and clear roadmap towards decarbonating the environment for sustainable ecosystems. 

He noted tree planting and nurturing should be a corporate culture and a frequent exercise towards improving and sustaining natural habitats.

Pln. Anaab Bukari applauded the Sunyani Zone of GIP for their impressive and significant contribution to the tree planting exercise on June 7, 2024, during Green Ghana Day, on the theme “Growing for a Greener Tomorrow,” which seeks to plant 10 million trees nationwide.

The Sunyani Zone of GIP organized a two-day event of awareness creation and tree planting exercise on June 6th and 7th, to commemorate the 2024 Green Ghana Day.

The Sunyani GIP over the weekend organized and supported an exercises to plant trees at the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Hospital and Senior High School (SHS) in Fiapre, Sunyani, as part of the Sunyani Forest District’s 400,000 trees planting target.

The GIP, Sunyani Zone, brought together the Forestry Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, Doctors, other health professionals, Traditional Authorities, students and market women to plant different tree species all over the SDA Hospital and School enclave. 

Pln. Anaab Bukari stated that trees play a very essential part in human life, and therefore, the GIP has embraced the tree-growing project.

He observed the devastating impact of climate change in recent years requires a new culture, decisions, and performance actions from all institutions and individuals to collectively curb the alarming consequences.

In that regard, he urged other chapters of the GIP across the country to emulate the impressive job done by the Sunyani Zone. 

Pln. Anaab Bukari emphasized that employees at all levels should be willing to tackle the issues of climate change through tree growing and other mitigation initiatives, suggesting that it was necessary for “everybody to plant and nurture at least one tree every year.”

He suggested that planted trees should be constantly monitored to accurately assess the mortality and survival rate for future plans and actions.

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