A programme launched by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana will provide support to communities in order to encourage tree planting.
With funding from the US campaign Interfaith Power and Light, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana has launched a programme to plant two million trees. It is working with the Ghana Wildlife Division and the Environmental Protection Agency to support farmers and communities to obtain seedlings and tend the plants as they grow. It is also encouraging villagers to harvest trees planted in sustainable woodlots for fuel, to alleviate the pressure on forests. The Church also offers training in the manufacture of energy efficient stoves, so that less wood will be required in the long run. As part of a pledge to nurture and protect the trees after the planting is done, the Church is also training 200 firefighter volunteers who will learn how to stop forest fires in replanted areas.
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