Tuesday 21st August, 2012Printable Version
Fumesua (Ash), Aug 21, GNA - Ghana has been selected alongside three other African countries to receive between 30 million dollars and 50 million dollars towards the implementation of climate change reduction activities.
The money would be released through the Forest Investment Programme of the World Bank and other development partners, to scale up pilot projects under the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).
The is to help Ghana to secure the integrity of its natural forest and woodlands, enhance carbon stocks and provide climate-smart agriculture and watershed protection.
Mr Mike Hammah, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, said these in an address read on his behalf at the opening of a two-day training and round table workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation plus (REDD+) held at Fumesua in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality.
REDD+ is an initiative, providing opportunities for developing nations to manage their forest resources in a more responsible and sustainable manner.
The Minister said global climate change and variability impacts were affecting growth and development of countries, including Ghana.
He said it was imperative to adopt the emerging performance-based REDD+ mechanism, which was cost-effective to mitigate the effects of global climate change.
Mr Hammah said successful implementation of the REDD+ programme would yield enormous benefits in the areas of poverty alleviation, promotion of local community rights, improved community livelihoods, technology transfer, sustainable use of forest resources and biodiversity conservation.
Mr Raphael Yeboah, Executive Director of the Forest Services Division of the Forestry Commission, said the country’s keen involvement in the initiative was motivated by its commitment to joining hands with global partners in dealing with the menace of climate change.
He said the initiative was not just to show leadership for others to follow but to reap enormous gains for the benefit of the people, particularly the forest fringe communities.
The Omanhene of Agona Traditional Area, Nana Anokye Frempong II, asked the participants to contribute actively to the discussions and come out with decisions that would move the process forward.