In Ghana, eighty percent of the forests were cut down over the past fifty years. This rapid drop in natural resources has had a grave impact on the people and their environment.
The Timber & Woodworkers’ Union of Ghana (TUC) is the first trade union worldwide to lead their own afforestation project in order to soften the social, ecological as well as national economic consequences of the lacking wood resources for the forest and timber sector.
The Social Society – Sustainable Development Foundation supports this project. The existing afforestation area in Kokoago, Brong-Ahafo, will now be extended by a further area for sustained forest management.
The afforestation project run by the trade unions is a good example for bringing together social, ecological and economic objectives. The project secures the future of the Ghanaian timber industry, maintains the natural eco system, generates income for the trade union and extends the skills and knowledge of the trade union members in sustained forestry.