The Green Climate Fund approves $54.5m project to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions in Ghana
The project will be implemented by the Forestry Commission (FC) of Ghana with technical support from UNDP in partnership with several institutions.
A press release issued by the UNDP and the FC notes that under the ‘Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project’, 200,000 hectares of off-reserve savanna forests and 300,000 hectares of degraded shea parklands in Ghana are expected to be restored. Additionally, 25,500 hectares of forest plantations in severely degraded forest reserves will be established. It is expected that project activities will result in an estimate of over 6 million tCO2e in emission reductions and removals over the first seven years of the project’s lifetime and 25.24 million tCO2e over 20 years.
The Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Mr. John M. Allotey, welcomed the news noting that "the implementation of the project would provide a strong contribution to Ghana’s achievement of its commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the implementation of the Ghana National REDD+ Strategy."
The Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP in Ghana, Ms. Silke Hollander said the project is particularly critical to emissions reduction and to improving the livelihood of women involved in the sector.