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Rescind decision to cede portions of Achimota Forest Reserve Status- CSOs

Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the environmental sector are urging the Government of Ghana to rescind its decision to cede portions of the Achimota forest reserve. President Akufo-Addo under Executive Instrument 144 has lifted the 1927 classification of the Achimota Forest in the Greater Accra Region as a Forest Reserve, paving way for its redesignation, reclassification, sale and development […]

You are setting a dangerous precedent with Achimota Forest reserve; reconsider your decision – Akufo-Addo told

Elvis Oppong-Mensah, a Programmes Officer with Civic Response has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reconsider government’s latest decision on the Achimota Forest Reserve. While government has through Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Abu Jinapor made it clear that it is not selling the Achimota Forest, it has become clear that parts of the land are being released […]

Ghana CSOs comment on subsidiary legislation for implementing UK’s Environment Act

When the United Kingdom (UK) finally seceded from the European Union (EU) on January 31, 2020, it was not just members of the EU who were concerned about the impacts of the move in the region. Environment and climate change activities were equally disturbed about the gap in environmental protection that the UK would experience, once the environmental regulations of […]

Government Introduces Digitalized System to Prevent Illegal Logging of Trees

Ghana has for years remained a key exporter of timber. However, stakeholders have been struggling to deal with illegal felling of trees, which made timber exports from Ghana fall short of the European Union’s guidelines. In a bid to address the worrying situation and also improve revenue mobilization, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Forestry Commission have […]

Civic Response Resumes Community Visits

Civic Response has resumed community visits following a long break due to COVID-19 restrictions. The community visits which took place in August 2021, had Civic Response visit 49 communities in 15 districts across the country. The districts visited were Ho in the Volta Region, Jasikan in the Oti Region, Goaso in the Ahafo Region, Dormaa in the Bono Region, Bibiani, […]

Civic Response Organises Experience Sharing Worshop for Monitors

Civic Response organised a capacity update and lessons sharing workshop for community monitors and verifiers. The workshop which took place in October, 2021 in Accra, was attended by sixty-eight (68) community monitors and verifiers from Real Time Monitoring (RTM) implementing communities across the country. Participants shared their experiences working in the fields, lessons learnt, challenges encountered as well us updated […]

Collecting Data to Contribute to Implementation of Ghana’s VPA Impact Monitoring Framework Validation Workshop in Pictures

Civic Response and ResourceTrust Network under the auspices of FAO – EU FLEGT Programme with funding from EU, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and UKAid organised a validation workshop in Accra on 15th June, 2021. The workshop aimed at validating the VPA Impact Monitoring Survey Report. The survey, which took place in March 2021, involved the collection of baseline […]

Stop The Issuance Of Special Permits- MLNR Instructs FC

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) has instructed the Forestry Commission (FC) to stop the issuance of Special Permits for logging in Ghana’s forests. This was disclosed by Mr. Musah Abu-Juam, Technical Director in charge of Forestry at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources at the Collecting Data to Contribute to Implementation of Ghana’s VPA Impact Monitoring […]

VPA Impact Survey Field Pictures- March, 2021

In March 2021, Civic Response in partnership with Resource Trust Network(RTN) with funding from FAO-EU FLEGT Programme carried out a survey on the impact of  the VPA implementation in Ghana.  During the survey, baseline data was collected on Livelihoods, VPA National Deliberative Processes and FC10. Below are field pictures of the survey.  

Use FLEGT Fitness Check To Strengthen FLEGT Action Plan- CSOs Tell EU

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from VPA countries and their international partners in UK and Europe have called on the European Union to use the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Fitness Check to strengthen the FLEGT Action Plan and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) in order to address the persistent obstacles that hamper their effective implementation. This was in […]


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