Ghana is known for its diverse animal life, miles of sandy beaches along a picturesque coast, and beautiful forests covering more than 21% of the country. Since the early 1990s, Ghana has lost more than 30% of its forests – approximately 2.5 million hectares. With a remarkable 80% of Ghanaians depending on forests for their livelihoods, deforestation has a major impact on communities. To reverse this trend, Ghana's government is focused on improving land management, planting trees, and protecting forests. This project is also a part of the AFR100, an initiative to restore more than 100 million hectares of land across Africa by 2030.
Together with our incredible reforestation partners, we are planting 30,000 trees in north-east Ghana where rapid desertification is caused by deforestation and close proximity to the Sahara and Sahel deserts. Improving forest health in these areas will bolster soil nutrition, improve local hydrological function, and create a positive social and economic impact for nearby communities. The trees for this project even come from a nearby nursery, creating jobs and supporting the local economy. Through engagement and participation this project will educate community members on productive and sustainable land management, ensuring the reforested areas are maintained for generations to come.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on the Ghana project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant. Popular species include Mahogany, Rosewood, Teak and Eucalyptus.
Ghana’s rapid deforestation has been driven by agricultural expansion (largely for cocoa), wood harvesting for energy, population growth, gold mining and timber lobby groups. Inefficient and corrupt management of forest resources has led to over-exploitation, resulting in degraded forests that are more susceptible to wildfire and flooding.
Ghana can be categorized into three vegetation zones: the high forest zone, the transitional zone and the Savannah zone. While this project focuses on the northern Savannah zone as a key area in need, it also involves community planting sessions in the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions of southern Ghana, as well as the Central and Eastern regions. Collaborating with both traditional and political community leaders will ensure this project has a wide impact, giving us the opportunity to educate local people on the importance of trees and the detrimental impact of illegal logging.