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Illegal mining threatens biodiversity in Ghana’s forest reserves

Some members of the task force inspecting the destruction caused by galamsey activities. Credit: Mary Ama Kudom-Agyemang

This edition of Forest Voices takes at how the threat of illegal gold-mining is affecting Ghana's Forest Reserves and what steps are being taken to protect the forests.

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What difference has thirty years made to forest governance in Ghana?

Forest destruction from 'galamsey' informal gold-mining on Atewa Range forest reserve, Ghana. Photo: Eastern Region Forestry Commission Office, 2011

Ghana’s forestry sector has contributed significantly to socio-economic development over the past thirty years by employing thousands of people and generating about six per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, forest governance – characterised by stakeholder participation, accountability and legality – remains weak and is consequently an obstacle to sustainable forest management efforts.

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Civil society in Ghana raises concerns about impact of forest initiatives on local communities

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Cocoa trees in Ghana. Photo: Mary Ama Kudom-Agyemang, 2011

Ghana’s civil society organisations (CSOs) have for some time now dedicated their efforts at examining various forest sector initiatives, the likely impacts of their implementation on the livelihoods of local communities and the role CSOs could play in implementing these initiatives.

Civil society in Ghana raises concerns about impact of forest initiatives on local communities

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Cocoa trees in Ghana. Photo: Mary Ama Kudom-Agyemang, 2011

Ghana’s civil society organisations (CSOs) have for some time now dedicated their efforts at examining various forest sector initiatives, the likely impacts of their implementation on the livelihoods of local communities and the role CSOs could play in implementing these initiatives.

Multi-stakeholder meeting held to discuss Forest Investment Programme in Ghana, June 2011

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Ghana is one of three African countries scheduled to benefit from a new investment scheme, known as Forest Investment Programme (FIP) that will finance efforts at addressing climate change induced problems in the forestry sector. To shape Ghana’s FIP Investment Plan, a Joint Mission by the Government of Ghana and Development Partners, was held in the first week of June in Accra, bringing together key stakeholders including representatives of government ministries, academia and research institutions, private sector institutions, civil society and local communities to dialogue and analyse relevant development plans, policies and strategies.

Growing Forest Partnerships in Ghana: a catalytic process or an unnecessary scheme?

Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) is a forest sector initiative that has been embraced by a wide range of stakeholders in Ghana, particularly at the policymaking level. These stakeholders include staff of the Forestry Commission, members of community-based organisations and forest fringe communities.

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Background

ghana mapForestry initiatives in Ghana are in good company, with a whole spectrum of projects happening at any one time. However, stakeholder discussions held in Ghana, led by facilitating partner IUCN, identified various gaps in this overcrowded market, where Growing Forest Partnerships could add value to the improvement of locally controlled forestry

Two years on: Growing Forest Partnerships in Ghana

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Since its creation in 2009, the Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) initiative has contributed to the management of the forestry sector in Ghana by building, strengthening and widening stakeholder partnerships through a “bottom-up” process. It has also helped to strengthen political commitment and action for sustainable forest management.

Ghana Launches International Year of Forests

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On 10 May, Professor Kofi Awoonor, Chairman of Ghana’s Council of State launched the country’s program for the UN International Year of Forests, declaring that “the ‘International Year of Forests provides a unique opportunity to celebrate all things forest.” 

Land tenure in Ghana: Making a case for incorporation of customary law in land administration and areas of intervention

Generally, it is recognized that forest dwellers in developing countries constitute one of the poorest classes of people in the word. In Ghana, it is estimated that between twelve and fourteen million people live and depend on forests resources for their livelihoods (IUCN, Ghana Country Assessment Report Summary, 2007). The forest provides them with their daily food, shelter, employment and income, health and wellbeing etc.

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