Forestry Commission

Front view of Forestry Commission's Corporate Office showing an Aviary.

Published: Monday, 20 June 2016

In 2004, Ghana adopted the Gender and Children Policy to promote the welfare, survival, development and protection of women by mainstreaming gender into the national development process. The 2012 Forest and Wildlife Policy emphasises the need to mainstream gender into forest management activities (Section 1.1.13) and to build capacity of women (Strategic Direction 5.2.1(a)). A large number of customary communities in southern Ghana are matrilineal. However, the number of women in decision-making processes in the context of REDD+ and national policy is still low and capacity still seems low as well (Yeboah 2013).

Ghana's 2010 R-PP mentions that special consideration must be given to gender pursuant to FCPF guidelines (Subcomponent 2d on the social and environmental impacts of REDD+).

Ghana adopted its ER-PIN in 2014 which states that the emissions reduction programme development process will identify likely social impacts such as gender issues (Section 9.5). Within the implementation of the Strategic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (SESA) and the Environmental and Social Management Framework, gender experts are being consulted and efforts are made to mainstream gender into REDD+ processes (Section 13.1 and 13.2). These efforts are part of a road map to integrate gender and women’s issues into REDD+ which was drafted in collaboration with IUCN, women’s organisations, gender experts, national level policy makers and other key stakeholders (Ibid).This road map (‘A Roadmap to Mainstreaming Gender Considerations into Ghana’s REDD+ Process’, 2011) was created in close consultation with WEDO and Participatory Development Associates (PDA). It aims to integrate several national and international documents on gender issues that Ghana is a Party to, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, 1979).

During Ghana’s REDD+ readiness phase, the road map calls for a number of action points including the creation of a gender and forest task force, for gender considerations to be mainstreamed into the revised policy and legislative framework, for the capacity of women and women’s organisations to be built and/or strengthened, for REDD+ to deliver gender-sensitive and equitable benefit-sharing schemes, for gender-sensitive safeguards to be established as part of SESA, for the enhancement of the capacity of women to engage in MRV. In March 2015, Ghana inaugurated a cross-sectoral sub-working group on gender and REDD+ to enhance women’s participation and contribution in the REDD+ process.

During the implementation and management phase of REDD+, the road map calls for gender to be mainstreamed into information and communication systems, for equal opportunities to be created for women and men, for effective institutional collaboration at all levels, for gender considerations to be fully integrated into the forest sector and REDD+, for women to be adequately represented and for the participation of women and vulnerable groups to be enhanced and effective, and for the advancement of women’s rights in the forest sector.

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National REDD+ Secretariat
Climate Change Unit
Forestry Commission
P. O. Box MB434
Accra, Ghana

Tel: +233 302 401210, 401227, 401216
Fax: +233 302 401197