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Japan funds Ghana’s forest preservation scheme

Ghana: The Japanese government granted a fund of USD 7.8 million to finance a special training programme on GIS and forestry inventory-taking, under Ghana’s forest preservation programme. The project has been undertaken by PASCO Corporation, an international consulting firm, and its local counterpart, RUDAN. The programme aims to promote capacity building and know-how for some core forestry personnel, capture the benefits of emerging financing for services from the forest through reduction of emission, degradation and deforestation (REDD) and formulate a comprehensive GIS for forest-based management systems.

The forest preservation programme has been designed to capture seven key components, namely land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), GIS, forest inventory system (FIS), light detection and ranging (LIDAR), carbon estimation, GIS website and capacity building.

Samuel Afari Dartey, Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission (FC), made this announcement at the opening of a six-week capacity building programme on GIS for some selected staff of the FC at the Wood Industries Training Centre at Akyawkrom, near Ejisu, Ghana.

Worried at the drastic reduction of the country’s forest cover from 8.6 million hectares at the turn of the last century, to about 2.6 million hectares currently, Dartey said, ‘’To be able to sustainably manage and utilise the remaining forest resource base requires the availability of a verifiable and regulatory-monitored empirical data base and well-trained human capital capable of handling the situation on hand.”

Dartey said in trying to secure the resource base, it was also important for the nation to vigorously pursue the National Forestry Plantation Development Programme (NFPDP) to, among other things, restore the degraded forest cover, improve environmental quality, reduce the country’s wood deficit situation and generate employment as a means of reducing rural poverty.

Source: Ghana Gov