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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 […]


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 […]


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