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Civic Response: Addressing the Problem of Deforestation in Ghana One Step at a Time

Ghana’s forest has been dwindling rapidly at such an alarming rate over the last few years. A 2019 report by Global Forest Watch indicates that there was a 60% increase in forest loss in Ghana between 2017 and 2018. According to the report, this is the highest in the world followed by Togo at a rate of 26%. Nevertheless, the […]

Civic Response Trains Community Representatives in Forest Law

Civic Response has trained 50 forest-fringe community members in forest law, monitoring, and advocacy. The 3-days training which took place in Accra in two instalments in March 2020 aimed at equipping forest fringe communities with knowledge about their rights and responsibilities regarding the forest. The training also aimed at building their capacities to engage in monitoring and reporting illegalities which […]

Civic Response’s Radio Campaign Raises Awareness of Forestlink and Community-led Forest Protection in Ghana

Civic Response has embarked on a two-month radio sensitization campaign across the country on community based Real Time Monitoring (RTM). The communication action which commenced from the first week of February 2020 involves raising forest fringe communities’ awareness about the role they have to play in forest management and monitoring. Although progress has been made in forest management in Ghana, […]

Civic Response Prepares Media towards Issuance of FLEGT Licences

Civic Response, with support from its partner Fern, has organised a capacity building workshop for journalists from across the country. This is as part of efforts to enhance their knowledge on natural resources governance issues in Ghana, and most importantly to prepare them towards the issuance of FLEGT licences in Ghana, under the auspices of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance […]

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 […]

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