The Forestry Commission is doing partnership with the United Nations Development Program to develop Ghana’s second REDD+ program, 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 program.
Mr Allottey was speaking at a meeting organized by the Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) working group to update Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the progress of various activities undertaken by the group.
The ENR was established to develop a holistic approach towards addressing issues relating to land degradation, desertification and deforestation.
Deputy Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission said as REDD+ progressed in international climate change negotiations, the Forestry Commission, through the Climate Change Unit, had taken steps to ensure that Ghana took advantage of the several opportunities that REDD+ presented for sound management of forest and wildlife resources.
Ghana’s REDD+ program dubbed Ghana Cocoa-Forest REDD+ In June 2017, was approved 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 Program, which is piloting key REDD+ activities in the Western and Brong-Ahafo Regions.
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