In the past six years, Ghana has reforested 628,000 hectares of land.
In 2016, Ghana committed to restoring 2 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the country is already a third of the way there. The reforestation project is not only good for the environment but also for employing locals. The reforestation campaign generated 98,762 jobs in 2019, 75,379 jobs in 2020, and 80,378 in 2021.
The project is split into three main sections. The first – “forest plantation” sector – involves planting trees in forest reserves for sustainable timber harvesting. The second – “enrichment” sector – restores lost biodiversity by planting trees in degraded forests or in areas where trees did not originally grow. The third and thus far most effective sector – entitled “Trees on Farms” – encourages farmers to plant more trees on their own land.