[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1540890245444{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Maintaining woodlots to meet local needs and protect forest reserves

Approximately 40 percent of the world’s tropical forests have been destroyed by humans. Such forests have been cleared for farmland or cut for timber and fuel. Tropical forests take hundreds of years to grow and their destruction has become a serious environmental problem.

Here in Ghana, our forests have been cut down to sell abroad or for domestic use as fuel. A large number of our people depend on wood for fuel. When no replanting of the trees take place, our forests are lost forever. Land rotation and shifting cultivation for farming also cause deforestation as the time left for land to be fertile has been reduced because of population pressure.

The exploitation of forests has reduced the total forest area in Ghana from 74,000 sq km in 1977 to about 18,600 sq km, with the forest reserves occupying about 15,800 sq km. If this pattern is not checked the forest outside our reserves will disappear by the year 2020. We at NED Africa are taking important steps to stop deforestation and still be able to sustain the wood needs of humans.

To this end, NED Africa has established woodlots in the Eastern Region and Volta Region of Ghana so that local people can satisfy their fuel and other wood requirements without cutting down trees within forest reserves.

To date, we have planted five different species of trees in our woodlots including:

(1) Tectona grandis – Teak

(2) Khaya senegalensis – Mahogany

(3) Cedrella – West Africa cedar

(4) Pithecellobium saman -Rain tree

(5) Bambusa striata – Bamboo

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