Forestry Commission to develop Ghana’s second REDD+ programme

Accra, Oct 12, GNA – The Forestry Commission is partnering the United
Nations Development Programme to develop Ghana’s second REDD+ programme, which
focused on reducing deforestation and forest degradation in the savannah
landscape.

Mr John Allottey, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission,
who announced this, said Ghana hopes to attract funding from the Green Climate
Fund for the implementation of the programme.

Mr Allottey was speaking at a meeting organized by the Environmental and
Natural Resources (ENR) working group to update Civil Society Orgaisations
(CSOs) on the progress of various activities undertaken by the group.

The ENR was set up to develop a holistic approach towards addressing
issues relating to land degradation, desertification and deforestation.

Mr Allottey said as REDD+ evolved in international climate change
negotiations, the Forestry Commission, through the Climate Change Unit, had
taken steps to ensure that the country took advantage of the several
opportunities that REDD+ presented for sound management of forest and wildlife
resources.

In June 2017, Ghana’s REDD+ programme dubbed Ghana Cocoa-Forest REDD+
was endorsed for implementation by the Carbon Fund of the World Bank, paving
the way for Ghana to receive some funds in results-based REDD+ payments.

The Forestry Commission is also implementing the Forest Investment
Programme, which is piloting key REDD+ activities in the Western and Brong-Ahafo
Regions.

He expressed the hope that the inputs of civil society organisations
would help bequeath future generations and their communities with better,
richer and more valuable forest and wildlife endowments than inherited.

Providing updates on illegal mining, Mr Emmanuel Afreh, Manager,
Monitoring and Evaluation, Minerals Commission, said the Commission had seized
making any recommendations for the grant of new licenses following the
moratorium on the issuance of new mining licenses for small-scale mining
operators.

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