14 August 2014
The Forestry Commission (FC) has initiated key policy reforms to effectively respond to environmental safety and boost forest carbon stock.
Mr Samuel Afari Dartey, the Commission’s Chief Executive, addressing a workshop at Fumesua in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality, said it was no accident that the Forest and Wildlife Policy (2012), for example incorporated “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)” in forest governance.
The workshop provided the platform to discuss the findings of a pilot research study on the implementation of the REDD+ in off-forest reserves.
The study was conducted by a group of researchers from the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) together with the FC, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Bern University of Applied Sciences/School of Agriculture in Germany.
It was undertaken in six communities in three districts – Aowin-Suaman, Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa and Kintampo North Municipality and sought to identify strategies that simultaneously reverse agriculture’s adverse effects on forests and trees and hence carbon emissions.