Damongo Goes Green: a model for sustainable nature conservation

Samuel Abu Jinapor is the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Abu Jinapor is the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources

In line with the government’s Green Ghana project, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Damongo, Samuel A. Jinapor, has initiated a privately led tree planting drive in his constituency.

At the launch, which took place on Friday, June 14, 2024, the MP underlined his commitment and unmitigated commitment to greening Ghana and building a resilient environment.

The scope of the Green Damongo Project as announced by Hon. Samuel Jinapor indicates that more than 32,000 trees will be planted to serve multiple purposes: beautifying the city and also contributing to the fight against climate change.

The first phase of Green Damongo, divided into three phases, involves planting approximately 2,670 trees along the main roads in the city and at selected locations such as the old and new markets, as well as the stretch from Military Junction to the hospital.

The second phase will extend for 66km on each side of the road between Jojo Pe and Damongo, while the third phase will cover each side of the road between Damongo and Sieyiri, totaling 83km.

Tree species selected for the Green Damongo Project include Savannah Mahogany and Cassia.

Other areas that will be captured in the exercise include: from Military Junction to Hospital Road, from Agric College Junction to Kasha Restaurant, from Damongo Bypass to Agric College and from Sawla Highway to RCC.

While addressing an enthusiastic crowd of traditional leaders and residents who turned up in large numbers and with great eagerness to support his initiative, Hon. Jinapor charged voters to act as stewards of the environment and embrace their collective responsibility for protecting the environment.

He highlighted the objectives of the Green Damongo project, which include raising awareness on the need for collective action to restore the degraded landscape in Damongo and instilling the values ​​of planting and caring for trees, along with their associated benefits , to the youth of the area.

“I stand before you today, in all humility and modesty, to say that the Green Ghana Day initiative has been wholeheartedly embraced by the entire citizenry and people of Ghana. As Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, under whose leadership this project was created, I have decided to bring the project home. As it is said, ‘the power of a great idea is amplified when it is shared with the place where your heart lies.’

“This morning I am honored to share with you a vision that is close to my heart and one that is critical to the future of our community: “the Green Damongo Project.” We have a constituency blessed with vibrant people, a rich culture and a promising future. However, to ensure that our future remains bright, we must take concrete steps today to protect our environment. One such step is planting trees on the medians of our roads.

“It is therefore with great pleasure and a deep sense of optimism that I unite with you once again to launch this important initiative in our beloved constituency. Today, we come together not only as citizens and residents of Damongo, but as stewards of our environment, united by a shared responsibility to nurture and protect the natural environment that sustains us,” he said.

The lively ceremony, graced by several dignitaries including the Damongo Municipal Manager, Musah Karim Kusobari, and the Deputy CEO of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Nyadia Sulemana Nelson, culminated in the planting of memorial trees to mark the inauguration of the initiative .

Mr. Karim Musa, Chief Executive of West Gonja Municipal Council, paid special tribute to Hon. Samuel Jinapor for the initiative, describing it as a commendable gesture that will go a long way in reducing deforestation and land degradation in the area.

He explained that the municipality will ensure the success of the project by forming committees that will be charged with monitoring and caring for the trees.

The Green Ghana Day initiative, launched in 2021 by the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and led by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources under the leadership of Samuel A. Jinapor, has become a major movement to protect and improve Ghana’s forest and green cover.