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VPA Impact Survey Field Pictures- March, 2021

Monitoring team with enumerators at Akenkasu Interviewing respondent at Akotekrom Enumerators with monitors Enumerators with the District Coordinating Director of the Sekyere Central District Assembly A team of enumerators at Kofi Gyankus Co. Ltd Extracting SRA information from FC operations office at Akim Oda Enumerators with monitors A team at the Xylogi Co. Ltd Monitors with enumerators at Sefwi Wiawso [...]

VPA Impact Survey Training In Pictures- March, 2021

A Group Photograph of Participants

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 […]


In September 2020, the European Commission working through the Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENVI) unilaterally decided to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of the FLEGT initiative and held an EUTR and FLEGT-VPA fitness check public consultation. Ghanaian Civil Society Organizations are concerned about the methodology applied in arriving at the findings and conclusions. They are also unhappy that top EU officials […]

Civic Response Trains Enumerators And Supervisors To Collect Data On VPA Impact In Ghana

Civic Response has trained 15 enumerators and 5 supervisors to carry out a VPA impact survey. The 4-day training workshop which took place in Accra in March 2021 aimed at equipping the data collectors with understanding of the questions to be administered, how to administer the questionnaires, how to administer the questionnaires using IT techniques and transmit responses to a […]

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 […]


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