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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Gbawe-Merchandise Estate, Gbawe, Ghana

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Gbawe-Merchandise Estate, Gbawe, Ghana
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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 2
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“Making a difference needs a hard work and commitment, we can make a difference if we don’t give up opportunities” while sustainable development depends on how we manage our towns and cities, determine it and work hard, you will make a difference.

The trend of the economy with its hardship, unsustainable land and poor community management, and climate changes are turning our communities and drylands into deserts which in turn is leading our people and community to poverty. As citizens of our mother land we can not sit aloof and allow this growing bad inference and non management of our natural resources or native provides. GYC has gained that we can make difference, if we show care and concern over these resources, and never give up opportunities.

Since individual matter and individual has a role to play to make the world a better place for all living things by means of looking after our own small part of the planet. Gbawe Youth Club with its care and concern organized a tree planting event at Gbawe- Merchandise Estate, on Saturday, 26th August, 2006 to care, protect, to create awareness and beautify the Gbawe Community in Ghana so as to change the life style of our people and to educate our children to become active agents for the sustainable development in the coming decades.

Two months proceeding to the tree planting project on Saturday, 26th August 2006, at the Gbawe-Merchandise Estate. A research team and project planning committee of Gbawe Youth Club held a research and planned the tree planting project to be carried out in the community as part of our programmes and events for 2006. Research by the team revealed that, there is a forest in the Gbawe Community which had been reserved by the traditional chief of Gbawe in quest for beautifying the community and also to serve as tourist centre for the community.

As the research revealed, this forest had been left unprotected and thus degrading. It is now turning to desert. Gbawe Youth Club approached the chief with mission to protect and restore the degrading area of the forest so that the quest for the forest and its reservation can be achieved. Protecting and restoring this forest will not only relieve the community and the forest from the growing degrading and desertification, but it can contribute to a more peaceful and secure community and world, all living things could be living at peace including animals. It can also help to preserve the history that date back, aggravated health problems will be reduced -wind-blown dust, including eye infections, respiratory illnesses, allergies and mental stress.

According to the history from our fathers and grandparents this forest we wanted to protect was beautiful with many animals, typically, monkeys and other animals when they were young but things have changed due to the bad management and community disturbances. All the animals had escaped leaving vultures and some other animals to make this forest their home. Few accounts we have and had seen give great attest to their statements and stories.

Upon the tree planting event we had, 71 volunteers were organized on the Saturday, 26th August, 2006 to Gbawe-Merchandise Estate and had the event completed. 200 mahogany seedlings were bought instead of the 1,000 seedlings budgeted. The height and diameter of the trees are: height 1 ½ and distance 10ft. We arranged for vehicle to convey the volunteers to the project site and after the project we had small refreshment.

After the completion of the One Day tree planting project which held at Gbawe-Merchandise Estate, uncommon unity, care and concern has been created among the youth and children in our community and they were expressed great zeal involvement in next activities. Awareness has been created that this awareness we hope it will continue in our next events. Volunteers and people in Gbawe community had now gained that, - making a difference needs a hard work and commitment, that we can make a difference if we don’t give up opportunities. Also each individual has a role to play in a community to make the world a better place for all living things.


(i) Fencing of the Project
(ii) Buying more seedling
(iii) Clean-Up Event
(iv) Buying Environmental site
(v) Leadership Training

Date: February 10, 2007 Views: 16185 File size: 30.1kb, 118.7kb : 740 x 1037
Hours Volunteered: 375
Volunteers: 71
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 15 to 30
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 14
Native Trees Planted: 200
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Registered: July 2008
City/Town/Province: GREATER ACCRA
Posts: 1
July 21, 2008 9:04am

Our degraded environment can only be sustained if the youth actively take the initiative in community tree planting.