A-ROCHA Ghana lauds JDM’s #Atree4Life Initiative, urges focus on economic tree crops and forest security

A conservation-oriented Civil Society Organization A-ROCHA Ghana has lauded the #Atree4Life initiative, a policy proposed by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, announced the launch of #Atree4Life project which is aimed at reafforestation in areas devastated by illegal mining. The announcement was made at the 3rd annual transformative dialogue on small-scale mining in Sunyani.

The #Atree4Life project according to the flagbearer is not only aiming at restoring forest areas that have been affected by illegal mining but also create thousands of job opportunities, particularly for the youth.

However, commenting on the initiative, the Executive Director of A-ROCHA Ghana, Daryl Bossu, commended the flagbearer of the NDC for the proposed initiative and expressed optimism about the project’s potential, but emphasized the need for it to go beyond mere sloganeering.

“Atree4Life sounds interesting if it is not only just sloganeering. The intention is good and needs to be lauded if its going to focus on investing in re-afforestation as an economic activity for the youth”

Mr. Bossu stressed that the success of #Atree4Life initiative will depend on its focus on investing in re-afforestation as an economic activity for the youth, particularly through the prioritization of high-end economic tree crops. He also stressed the importance of securing existing forests to ensure a sustainable environment for future generations.

While acknowledging that details of the project’s implementation are still forthcoming, A-ROCHA Ghana Executive Director expressed hope that the initiative will indeed prioritize these crucial aspects.

“This meaning that, we should expect some prioritisation to be given to high-end economic tree crops. We expect more details to follow on how this will be implemented, but i guess it is still early”

“I expect that this initiative will also prioritize securing existing forests to secure the environment for tomorrow,” Bossu said in an interview with Metro TV.

By: Bright Yao Dzakah | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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