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Ban Charcoal Production

A member of FWG, James Saaka, has called for a ban on commercial charcoal production in Ghana. This, according to him, is in order to save shea trees which are felled for charcoal production. The shea tree, is typically a Savanna woodland tree species. Its natural habitat stretches over Africa south of the Savannah, from the eastern part of Senegal […]

CIVIC RESPONSE TRAINS COMMUNITY FOREST MONITORS

Fifty (50) community representatives have been trained to undertake community level forest monitoring. The 3-days training which was organised by Civic Response in June 2019 in Accra aimed at building the capacity of representatives to use a mobile application (Collectaur) to collect data on forest infringements. Civil Society in Ghana believes that a well-organised and structured CSIFM can improve transparency […]

CIVIC RESPONSE ORGANISES LEGALITY AWARENESS TRAINING FOR FOREST-FRINGE COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Thirty-five (35) forest-fringe community representatives have received legality awareness training in Accra. The 3-days training which was organised by Civic Response in June 2019 aimed at creating awareness among community representatives on the rights and responsibilities of forest stakeholders (including communities) so they can assert their rights. Most community-fringe community members do not have much knowledge about forest laws for […]

CIVIC RESPONSE RE-TRAINS COMMUNITY FOREST MONITORS

Twenty (20) community forest monitors have been re-trained to undertake forest monitoring and reporting activities. The 20 are part of 25 community representatives trained by Civic Response last year (2017) to undertake community level forest monitoring. Civil Society in Ghana believes that a well-organised and structured CSIFM can improve transparency in the short term while contributing to the development of […]

CIVIC RESPONSE ORGANISES 2ND TRAINING FOR CSO OBSERVERS

A second training on TVD legality verification audits has been organised in Accra for selected civil society representatives. The training which was organised by Civic is aimed at building the capacity of CSO representatives to be able to effectively participate as observers in TVD legality verification audits. One critical element of Ghana’s Legality Assurance System (GhLAS) is verification as it […]

DEFINE LEGAL COCOA – CHRIS BEEKO

Director for the Timber Validation Department of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Chris Beeko, has made a recommendation for definition of legal cocoa in Ghana. According to him, this was a necessary first step to addressing the problem of deforestation caused by cocoa farming in the country. Cocoa is Ghana’s top cash crop commodity and also the main source of livelihood […]

GHANA LAUNCHES TIMBER TRANSPARENCY PORTAL

Civic Response, in collaboration with the Forestry Commission of Ghana, has launched the Ghana Timber Transparency Portal. The portal is a web interface which makes information on logging in Ghana available to the public via the url: www.ghanatimbertransparency.info. Cutting, transporting, and trading in illegal timber has over the years led to forest destruction, created problems amongst forest fringe communities and […]

CIVIC RESPONSE TRAINS COMMUNITY FOREST MONITORS

Twenty-five (25) community representatives have been trained to undertake community level forest monitoring. The training which was organised by Civic Response in Larteh in the Eastern Region aimed at building the capacity of representatives to use a mobile application to collect data on forest infringements. Civil Society in Ghana believes that a well-organised and structured CSIFM can improve transparency in […]

FC SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TIMBER RIGHTS FEES: FARMERS & LANDOWNERS PROPOSE

Timber rights fees of timber harvested from farms should be given to farmers and landowners instead of Forestry Commission (FC), farmers and landowners from across the country have proposed. According to them, this is because farmers and landowners are responsible for the nurturing of trees on their farms right from nursery to harvesting. The proposal was made at a Contact […]

CSO’S CAPACITIES BUILT ON ADVOCACY AND POLICY INFLUENCING

18/8/2017 Members of Forest Watch Ghana (FWG) have received training on advocacy and policy influencing. The two-day capacity building exercise, which was organised by Forest Watch Ghana with support from Tropenbos Ghana, aimed at strengthening the capacities of FWG members and other identified NGOs (including Nature & Development Foundation, and A Rocha Ghana) to carry out enhanced advocacy and lobbying […]

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