The role of trees in biodiversity and environmental conservation and the provision of environmental services have long been acknowledged. “Me and My Tree” in Basic Schools is a project being implemented by the Energy Center, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and supported by German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and GIZ.
The broader project is an initiative of Kumasi Metro. The project which started in June, 2014 has planted more than five thousand (5,000) in sixty-four basic schools in the Ashanti regional capital of Kumasi. The project is expected to contribute to minimizing the adverse effects of climate change, protect landscape resources, provide habitat for wildlife, improve air and water qualities and inculcate into the students the spirit of environmental conservation. In each school an environmental club with at least two teachers as patrons and fifty or more students as members has been formed. All the clubs were provided with souvenirs (caps, pens and t-shirts) as a source of motivation and branding. The planted trees are cared for by the club and the implementing team.
Dr Olivia Agbenyega