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Posted: 07 Aug 2017


Accra, 27 July 2017 - The Forestry Commission, in partnership with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Ecometrica, officially launches the Forests 2020 Project in Ghana.

Forests 2020 is funded by the UK Space Agency’s (UKSA) International Partnership Programme (IPP). It is  a five-year programme designed to partner UK space expertise with governments and organisations in the emerging economies of Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia and  Mexico.

Income from Ghana’s forests resources rank among the country’s first ten major sources of foreign exchange, mainly from timber and timber products, while providing a wide variety of other direct and indirect benefits. Forests provide vital goods and services including sources of livelihoods for forest dwelling communities, timber and non-timber forest products (such as rattan for baskets and chew stick) water, and habitats for millions of species, and are essential for combating climate change. Ghana has committed to ambitious targets to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which requires accurate and transparent reporting on the state of the country’s forest. .

Despite the frameworks which have been developed to help countries protect and restore their forest resources, inadequate monitoring systems remain a barrier to effective implementation. Earth Observation (EO) is widely acknowledged as the only effective way to monitor forests at regional and national levels. However, accuracy, frequency, speed, and delivery of EO data products remain a challenge.

The Forests2020 Project seeks to address the technical barriers across six countries to the sustained implementation of effective forest monitoring systems capable of measuring forest change and providing information on the risks and drivers of forest loss.

UK partners, Ecometrica, the University of Edinburgh, University of Leicester and the Edinburgh-based company CARBOMAP, will work with the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Resource Management Support Centre (RMSC) of the Forestry Commission to develop sustainable forest monitoring systems through advancing the application of Earth Observation technology, under this project.

The key objectives of the Forests2020 Project are to:

  • Develop, test and integrate improved methods of forest change detection for faster and more accurate identification of deforestation and degradation
  • Develop methods for mapping forest at risk of fire or deforestation and for identifying areas suitable for forest restoration
  • Establish digital infrastructure to assist the processing of satellite data and derived information to the end users.

The Project is expected to fill key forest monitoring gaps and also develop a common monitoring system that will feed into the national forest monitoring system and be used for all forest- related programmes and projects in the country to facilitate the implementation and spatial monitoring of major forestry sector programs such as REDD+, Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) and plantation development.

This inception meeting aims to:

  • Officially launch the Project
  • Formally engage and inform key institutions and stakeholders in the forest and environment sector about the broader activities of the Project.
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to provide feedback on the proposed project interventions and to identify and suggest synergies between the Forests 2020 Project and relevant processes, programmes and projects

Successful implementation of the Project will bring significant benefits to the various stakeholders engaged in the exercise because they all depend on accurate estimates of forest-related information for planning purposes.

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27TH JULY,2017

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The Corporate Affairs & Media Relations Unit,

Forestry Commission, Accra.

Tel: 233 (0) 302 401 210233/ (0) 302 401 210

Email: info@fcghana.org

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