086: Rabiu Dannakabu – Plant-for-the-Planet

Join me to hear from Rabiu Dannakabu, President and CEO for Plant-for-the-Planet Ghana.

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Background from Plant-for-the-Planet

Get ready for a massive boost to Ghana’s reforestation efforts. With the Plant-for-the- Planet App, anyone can plant trees in Ghana with just a few clicks. 

Greta Thunberg said: “It is simple. We need to protect, re- store and fund nature.” The new Plant-for-the-Planet App allows you to do just that. For just €1, you can plant a tree in Ghana. For just €100, you can plant 100 trees and help restore the landscape of Ghana. 

You don’t have a sapling at hand? Or want to avoid getting dirt under your fingernails? The Plant-for-the-Planet App is your way to help nature recover by selecting Plant-for- Ghana. The benefits of tree planting are not just for nature, they are also a vital source of income for poor communities. 

Just select Plant-for-Ghana project. Donate. The trees are planted for you. No excuses. Each tree adds to the World Tree Counter. 

“Wide-spread restoration requires us to reach out to large numbers of people, cost- effectively and quickly. Apps like Trillion Trees can go a long way in boosting nature- based solutions for climate action, livelihoods and sustainability.” 

– Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP 

The Plant-for-the-Planet App is available for Android and iOS or as a WebApp. The app allows you to: 

  • See where all your donated trees were planted 
  • Register trees you’ve planted yourself with photos, locations and more 
  • Gift donated trees to others 
  • Start a tree planting competition among schools, with colleagues or friends!

and more... 

About Plant-for-Ghana Project 

Plant-for-Ghana is a pioneer reforestation project by Plant-for-the-Planet Ghana - a national affiliate of Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation in Germany. The Yucatan Reforestation project in Mexico, with its valuable experience, serves here as a lessons learned project. Sustainable reforestation is the way we can restore the lost forest in Ghana and reach the overarching goal to plant a trillion trees. 

This project creates green jobs in rural areas and at the same time raises awareness on biodiversity among the local people. This project will further create additional carbon sinks and also create sustainable sources of income for many families in said zone. 

There are additional benefits to this project. 

· It serves as a study or research ground for the partner universities to provide students with field experience and also help come out with more improved and fast-growing species. 

· It serves as a habitat for many animal species. 

· It closes the gap in the desertification of northern savannah ecological zone of Ghana. 

· It shall serve as a role model project for neighboring countries. 

In Ghana, desertification and climate change are critical issues as they seriously threaten over 84,000 km (square) or 35 % of the total land area of Ghana, displaces most of the people in these areas and threatens farming activities as a result of drought and floods which affects food security in these areas. 

Plant-for-Ghana plans to restore 10 million local tree species in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone of Ghana, which is managed by the Plant-for-the-Planet Ghana. 

About Plant-for-the-Planet 

The Plant-for-the-Planet children and youth initiative was launched in January 2007 after Wangari Maathai and the UNEP had called to action via the Billion Tree Campaign. At the end of his school presentation about the current climate crisis, nine-year-old Felix Finkbeiner announced his vision to his classmates: “Let’s plant one million trees in every country on earth!” 

The current goal of the children and youth initiative is to plant a trillion trees worldwide. Trees are the cheapest and most effective means of binding CO2, allowing us more time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero and mitigate the climate crisis. 

In 2011, the UN Environment handed over the Billion Tree Campaign, along with the official world tree counter, to the youth-led Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation. As the children’s aim is now to plant a trillion trees, they transformed the Billion Tree Campaign into the Trillion Tree Campaign and developed an interactive online tool that motivates others to get involved in planting (weplant.app). 

So far, more than 13 billion trees in 193 countries have been planted. The children of Plant-for-the-Planet teach and empower others to become Climate Justice Ambassadors. More than 81,000 children from 73 countries are already participating. 

Why a trillion trees? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/04/planting-billions-trees- best-tackle-climate-crisis-scientists-canopy-emissions

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