Ghana’s Cocoa Forest REDD+ Program

Ghana’s Cocoa Forest REDD+ Program

 On 9 April 2014, Ghana's Forestry Commission presented Ghana’s Cocoa Forest REDD+ Program at the 9th Carbon Fund Meeting of the FCPF in Brussels. This CO2 emissions reduction plan is the first REDD+ program in the world to focus on an ecological landscape that is defined by the production of a globally important agricultural commodity—cocoa—which is responsible for significant emissions in the landscape. The program was developed with extensive inputs from a wide range of stakeholders, including IUCN NL's partner in Ghana, the Nature Conservation Research Center (NCRC). The program aims to bring diversity to the portfolio of emission reductions programs under the Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). It will also provide the World Bank fund also with the opportunity to learn from Ghana’s experience in trying to establish a multi-institutional, public-private sector, programmatic REDD+ approach to reducing degradation and deforestation from agricultural expansion. The proposal is the outcome of a process that included intensive multi-stakholder consultations organised by NCRC, involves a unique partnership between the Forestry Commission and Ghana's Cocoa Board and enjoys support from traditional chiefs that were present in Brussels.

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