President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphasized the positive impact of the ban on illegal mining, also known as galamsey, on reducing carbon emissions.
He made the remarks at the 2023 Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
The President noted that the ban on galamsey, which has been destroying water bodies and forest reserves, has helped to reduce the country’s carbon emissions.
He also claimed that that several flagship policy initiatives such as planting for food and jobs, one village, one dam and the ban on illegal mining have all contributed to reducing carbon emissions.
These initiatives he added have contributed in building the country’s resilience to the impact of climate change.
“We placed a ban on illegal mining the phenomenon we call galamsey which was destroying our water bodies, vegetation and our forest. Some 20, 000 young people have been engaged to plant more than 30 million trees in two years to create jobs and restore degraded lands.
“These policy initiatives are already yielding positive results in the attainment of SDG Goals, particularly the goal of reducing our carbon emissions,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He admonished other African leaders to follow the example of Ghana so they can reduce their carbon emissions and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.