TBI in Ghana works towards the sustainable management of the Juaboso-Bia landscape through an integrated management and planning involving local communities, the government at all levels and the private sector.
The Juaboso Bia landscape is mainly a cocoa landscape but as has some of Ghana’s highest level of biodiversity and relatively intact high forests in the adjacent Bia National Park and forest reserve. The area is facing eminent threats from cocoa expansion, unsustainable and illegal logging, mining and farming. To turn this trend, it is important that all stakeholders involved in the area will be aware of the importance of an integrated land and water management.
What we do:
- Support public and private stakeholders to broadly apply integrated land and water management approaches
- Support Four District Assemblies in the Juaboso-Bia landscape to adopt participatory planning and integrate biodiversity, climate resilience, and responsible NR approaches into their Mid-term development plans (MTDPs).
- Actively engage local Communities with the government and the private sector on natural resource management
- Support the development of Agro commodity production systems, especially cocoa, to adopt climate smart practices and landscape standards
- Improve enforcement & monitoring of forestry, mining and logging laws and reduction of illegal practices
- Strengthen non-state actors to improve FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes in Ghana
- Together with CSOs lobby government and develop multi stakeholder dialogues on tree tenure reforms
- Support the legislation and upscaling of the Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) approach
Tropenbos International works in Ghana through its local network partner Tropenbos Ghana.
Tropenbos International has been operational in Ghana since 2000. In 2017, Tropenbos Ghana became a legal national entity of Ghana and a member of the Tropenbos International network.
In recent years TBI in Ghana has contributed to the successful implementation of the VPA with the EU, by focusing on the issue of the supply of legal lumber to the domestic market. TBI helped to establish and facilitated the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (MSD). The MSD contributed to the development of a domestic timber policy and a revised set of legal instruments that spell out ways in which artisanal milling can be integrated into the formal economy. In 2015, the successful MSD platform on domestic timber trade was formally institutionalised through its inclusion in the National Forest Forum-Ghana. To contribute to the sustainable management of forests in Ghana, TBI also supported smallholder farmers in landscape restoration and plantation development projects, identified the needs and options for delivering forestry extension services and created the basis for designing a national forestry extension system.