In-country updates

Some members of the task force inspecting the destruction caused by galamsey activities. Credit: Mary Ama Kudom-Agyemang Illegal mining threatens biodiversity in Ghana’s forest reserves

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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18 April 2012
Forest destruction from 'galamsey' informal gold-mining on Atewa Range forest reserve, Ghana. Photo: Eastern Region Forestry Commission Office, 2011 What difference has thirty years made to forest governance in Ghana?

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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13 January 2012


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

The perception found amongst stakeholders that initiatives in Ghana are often externally designed, without reflecting local priorities, reinforces the importance of this being a bottom-up process, with action being led by those often marginalised groups whose livelihoods are affected by decisions taken.

After a series of regional meetings, GFP Ghana established three priorities: participatory governance; capacity strengthening for forest sector actors; and land and resource tenure for forest communities. Work in this area is designed to complement other national processes and work towards harmonizing actions being taken. In 2010, tree tenure reform is taking particular precedence and GFP is working to support capacity building and stakeholder consultations in this area to enable those whose depend on forests to be part of this process.

In-Country GFP Coordinator and Partner:

Wale Adeleke, IUCN

A: c/o Forest Services Division, P.O. Box 527, Accra. Ghana.
T: +233 24 224 9678 / +233 24 435 8076