Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, has launched a $54.5 million Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reduction Project. According to him, the project is aimed at restoring degraded shea parklands and improving the existing stock of economic and multi-purpose trees in the Northern Savannah landscape of Ghana.
The 7-year project is part of the Parkland Restoration Fund set up by the Global Climate Fund. It will be implemented by the Forestry Commission with the support of private sector actors from the Global Shea Alliance and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Dr. Bawumia took the opportunity to admonish the Forestry Commission to see this project as a strategic investment to stop shea parkland destruction and empower communities and their ecosystems to build climate and economic resilience.
The shea tree has become an endangered specy with many people felling it for the commercial production of charcoal and firewood. Several traditional areas in northern Ghana has placed bans on the felling of the shea tree in their justifications in order to save the economic tree from extinction. Locals prefer using the shea tree for firewood, stressing it catches fire easily as compared to other species of trees.
The development has led to some Non-governmental organizations raising alarm over the situation, while educating communities on the need to sustain the shea.
The shea fruit, which is gotten from the tree has multiple purpose uses and deemed as one of the best economic trees in northern Ghana.
The project is seen by many shea advocates as timely.
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