As part of the Forestry Commission’s commitment to ensuring the sustainable management of Ghana’s forests we are leading efforts to prepare Ghana to engage with international mechanisms on REDD.
What is REDD
The reduction of emissions from deforestation and degradation is a concept that can be applied at any level or by any actor. Research at the beginning of this century however, identified deforestation and degradation as contributing nearly 20% of the world Green House Gas emissions, a figure that placed reductions in these emissions high on the international climate change agenda. It is this inclusion on the international agenda and specifically talks at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which have led to the adoption of the acronym REDD. Since its introduction into the talks the REDD concept has evolved from a highly specific mechanism to tackle deforestation and degradation to one that addresses a broader set of forest management issues – this is REDD+
At present the REDD+ concept as defined in the Bali Action Plan (UNFCCC Dec 1/CP.13) and subsequent COP decisions relates to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks all within developing countries. REDD+ actions are sustainable development policies and measures to reduce emissions and/or enhance removals, knowing that these measures may well extend to the agriculture and bioenergy sectors, insofar as they impact forests. A REDD+ strategy can involve market or non market based instruments, and be based on performance according to established criteria or based on greenhouse gas quantification.”
Ghana and REDD
Ghana has taken a proactive role to initiate analysis and discussion regarding how the REDD+ concept could be applied to bolster its efforts to better manage its forest sector. Ghana is one of the first African countries to initiate the development of a national strategy on REDD+ and also participates within negotiation on the development of international mechanisms on REDD+. Within both of these areas there is still much work to be done at national and international level, and Ghana must continue to work with other nations and its own people to ensure that it is ‘ready’ to engage with an international mechanisms REDD+, on its own terms.
We welcome your feedback on Ghana’s efforts at both international and national level, as well as on the information contained within these pages.