Establishing a multi-purpose national forest monitoring system to improve land use monitoring capacities in Ghana

Establishing a multi-purpose national forest monitoring system to improve land use monitoring capacities in Ghana

Ghana has long been implementing REDD+ activities and the country is now designing and implementing an NFMS, with funding from the World Banks’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Carbon Fund. This NFMS acts as a source for land use and forest data, providing information and communication on REDD+ activities, and plays a key role in the management and planning of other, related sectors, such as the cocoa sector. The country’s NFMS will incorporate a web portal with three components- a greenhouse gas inventory, environmental and social safeguards and a registry sub-system. The goal of the Ghana NFMS is to make forest and land use monitoring efforts more efficient and effective by combining components currently the responsibility of different institutions. Through South-South workshops, the NFMS will spread knowledge to other countries and will be beneficial to the global community.  

“Sustainable forest management depends on the accessibility of good quality data and the ability to share this data transparently with all the stakeholders involved in managing forests. Ghana would like to move away from depending on international experts and get to the stage where we have sustainability in everything that we do. In this regard, FAO’s support in training country experts to use and apply various forest monitoring tools and techniques to country’s circumstances will help us monitor our forests sustainably.”
Jacob Amoako
GIS and MRV Officer for REDD+, Forestry Commission of Ghana

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