Ghana’s forest lands are endowed with a rich array of land based natural resources—Gold, Timber, Cocoa, Oil palm, and Shea—and the country has a strong commitment to democratic governance, and to civic and traditional leadership. Ghana’s growth and economic achievements have come at a significant cost to its forests. Having lost over 60% of its forest cover from 1950 to the turn of the last century (2.7 million hectares) (Owusu, et al., 1999), The country is working hard to overturn the current deforestation rate of approximately 2% per year (135,000 ha/year) to promote a sustainable utilization of forest resources through REDD+.
Adhering to the terms of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement while seeking to obtain REDD+ results-based payments, Ghana has so far achieved the following:
With the support of CfRN, Ghana improved its GHG inventory for the AFOLU sector by receiving quality assurance checks by the Independent Panel review of the RRR+ project. Within the project Ghana’s experts shared their experience in terms of institutional arrangements and high-quality reports with several other rainforest nations. Ghana leadership on REDD+ implementation has been showcased in numerous CfRN countries to help experts prepare complete and transparent reports. Amongst others, Ghanaian experts had the opportunity to share their work during regional and global workshops as well as during a joint mission with the Democratic Republic of Congo.