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18 July 2018 Ghana

Traditional Authorities in Ghana re-enact Traditional Customary Laws for sustainable land and water management

While in the past, traditional customary laws were enough to keep people from trespassing on certain parts of forested landscapes such as sacred groves, which often served as a repository of the original fauna and flora of a forest, and from hunting, farming and fishing on specified days and periods which also sought to arrest the overexploitation of forest and water resources, the advent of Western Civilisation saw the demise of these laws.

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18 July 2018 Ghana

More Civil Society Organisations in Ghana make inputs into Cocoa and Forests Initiative

Ghana, Ivory Coast and Colombia together account for two-thirds of global cocoa production, with Ghana and Ivory Coast accounting for 70 percent while Colombia accounts for 1 percent. However, this feat is achieved at the expense of the tropical forests of these three countries since deforestation is relatively high in all three countries due to the fact that primary forests are continually being cleared for the cultivation of this important cash crop and other food crops.

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16 July 2018 Ghana

Overland timber trade in Ghana: guidelines for its regulation

It is not an uncommon sight for Ghanaians to see tipper trucks carrying lumber from the forested parts of Ghana along the Kumasi-Tamale-Bolgatanga road en route to Burkina Faso and other Sahelian countries since this kind of trade between Ghana and her Sahelian neighbours has been ongoing for decades.

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16 July 2018 Ghana

Integrating Natural Resources and the Environment into Local Government Medium Term Development Plans in Ghana

While Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana have been given the mandate to oversee the governance of their natural resources under the country’s decentralization policy, not much progress has been made in the promotion of the sustainable management of these resources. This is due in part to the lack of a medium and long term natural resource governance agenda that has been developed and made an integral part of the overall administration of the assemblies.

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16 July 2018 the Netherlands

Good Enough Tenure

We need to think beyond formal land regularization to provide enabling conditions for smallholders to secure property rights and incentives for investment.

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28 June 2018 Ghana

Learning lessons from FLEGT-VPA to promote governance reform in Ghana’s cocoa sector

Cocoa is crucial to Ghana’s economy, but is also a significant driver of deforestation. The Ghana National REDD+ Strategy identifies agricultural expansion to be responsible for at least 50 per cent of deforestation, with cocoa a major contributor. The forest loss is damaging cocoa production itself, as local forests are key to maintaining rainfall and soil and water quality. Ghanaian cocoa farms are aging and becoming less productive, further exacerbating the risk to remaining forests as farmers expand outwards to find new productive areas to farm. Farmers themselves – who are largely smallholders, working on farms from 1-5 acres – suffer from low and volatile cocoa prices, with most living far below the United Nations extreme poverty line of US$1.90 per day.

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