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Students in Anloga Trained on Tree Nursery Establishment

“When the last tree dies the last man dies” is an age-old saying that provokes thought about the important role trees play in a man’s life. Trees provide numerous ecosystem services, which include provision of food, recreation, and ecotourism and help to maintain the nutrient cycle of forest. Trees are also know to play a vital role in mitigating climate change through sequestration of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) – mainly carbon dioxide.

Last year, Greener Impact International, in partnership with the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, trained over 50 students from selected schools in Anloga in nursery establishment and tree planting. This saw the establishment of a central tree nursery bed to raise seedlings for planting within the community. The priority tree species identified was the mangrove, as these trees, apart from carbon sequestration, have prop roots that provide nesting sites for fishes and therefore increase the fish stocks in the areas where they exist.

With the training, the students were encouraged to establish similar nurseries in their schools and engage in tree planting within their school communities. The facilitators for this training were Mr. Kassim Gawusu-Toure, the executive Director of Greener Impact International and Mr. Abdul-Kareem Fuseini, the site manager of the Keta lagoon Ramsar site from the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission. Funding was provided by the Open Society Foundations.

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