The African-German Working Group (Afrikanisch-Deutsche Arbeitsgruppe) has planted 17 economic trees, including mahogany, teak, and mango, at the Achimota Forest in Accra to commemorate its second anniversary since inception. 

The trees planted will each represent the individual NGOs comprising the Union.

African-German Working Group contributes its quota to 'greening Ghana'

The African Afforestation Association (AAA), a Ghanaian NGO, led the tree planting exercise with their innovative Waterboxx technology.

The Waterboxx is a German technology which provides a modern, inexpensive and sustainable solution to plant degraded and eroded lands with trees with 90% less water and no need for energy.

African-German Working Group contributes its quota to 'greening Ghana'

Speaking in an interview at the ceremony, the Deputy Accra Regional Manager of the Forestry Commission, George Agbenowoshi, reiterates the importance of tree planting in mitigating climate change effects globally.

“The Waterboxxes that has been supplied to plant these trees; I see this to be a new technology which will help us plant trees anytime we want to do so,” he said. 

He added that “we [Forestry Commission] will like to partner them [AAA] so that we can collaborate to work together to protect the environment thereby mitigating the effects of climate change.”

African-German Working Group contributes its quota to 'greening Ghana'

For a country that has lost large hectares of forests and fertile lands to illegal small-scale mining locally called ‘galamsey’ nationally, it is imperative for a deliberated effort to reforestation and plant trees nationwide.

The AAA’s Groasis Waterboxx is a tried and tested technology that, when adopted across Ghana, will help plant trees and maintain them sustainably until it grows a strong root structure to survive harsh weather conditions.

African-German Working Group contributes its quota to 'greening Ghana'

Former Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and patron of the AAA, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, reiterated the AAA’s commitment to planting about five million trees across Ghana over 10 years.

She stated that “in Ghana, we know our forests have been depleted with the issue of galamsey and all that depletion; we [AAA] want to be a part of the reforestation [and] mitigating the climate change effects on our environment.”

African-German Working Group contributes its quota to 'greening Ghana'

The African-German Working Group is a union of 17 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) across the African continent based in Germany to fight climate change and provide social support to their members and respective African countries.