Advancing REDD+ in Ghana: Preparation of REDD+ Pilot Schemes in off-Reserve Forests and Agroforests

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 16:30

The present REDDES project is preparing a major support component to Ghana’s Readiness Preparation Proposal (RPP) and aims at strengthening Ghana’s capacities to prevent and reduce deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing carbon stocks (REDD+). The specific objective of the REDDES project is to lay out the ground work for the development or enhancement of off-reserve production systems under REDD+ schemes, in line with its efforts to reduce GHG emissions in forests. The present REDDES project is a preparatory step for an additional support component for the implementation of Ghana’s R-PP and is mainly concerned with developing a number of analytical work and the definition of REDD+ pilots in off-reserve areas. The project is also aimed at developing a framework to guide the implementation of REDD+ from the national to the local level. This shall allow Ghana to take stock of existing initiatives that have the potential to be considered under REDD+, as well as to concretely analyze promising REDD+ activities, which will be an integral part of the RPP. The information produced through the REDDES project shall prepare the further implementation of agricultural and secondary forest production schemes that feature climate smart practices. The following results shall be achieved:
1) Analysis of possible pilots for REDD+ activities in agricultural and secondary forest systems;
2) Identification of effective REDD+ implementation activities in management and governance;
3) Capacity building in view of improving the institutional capacities needed for effective resource management under consideration of REDD+ activities;
4) Feed the results of the analysis under 1 – 3 into the design of a main project document for implementing major REDD+ pilots under the RPP scheme.

Responsible party
CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
Funding bodies
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)