Can five million trees make a difference in Ghana?


Alan Kasujja BBC Africa Daily podcast

Ghana’s forests have been depleted.

“Some forests now, especially in southern Ghana, have been reduced to dug out pits filled with orange pools of water,” says the BBC’s Thomas Naadi in Accra.

A deadly combination of wildfires, illegal logging, and illegal mining is to blame for the situation.

But the government wants to restore the country’s forests to their former glory.

Earlier this month, it challenged Ghanaians to plant five million trees in a single day – in a nationwide stand against deforestation and climate change.

“We have to protect planet Earth and our motherland Ghana,” said President Nana Akufo-​Addo at the time.

But some say five million trees is not quite enough – after all, back in 2019, Ethiopia alone claims to have planted more than 350 million trees in a day.

So, how much of a difference can these trees actually make for Ghana? That’s what I’ve been finding out in Thursday’s episode of Africa Daily.