$7.8m Japanese grant for forest preservation
Mr. Cudjoe Awudi, the Coordinator of the Forest Preservation Program (FPP), says the government of Japan has provided US$7.8 million grant to the Forestry Commission to undertake a 23-month forest preservation project.
He explains that the program will focus on forest land mapping, monitoring and capacity building for forest baseline data, environment management and planning for a sustainable forest management in Ghana.
Mr. Awudi made this known in Accra, at a presentation of the program during a finalization meeting of officials of the Commission and a Japanese delegation, pointing out that the governments of Ghana and Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2010 on the FPP, where Japan was to provide assistance for the program to develop an effective forest management and monitoring system, provide protection of forests in forest reserves and mitigate deforestation and forest degradation.
He said the program aims at creating a complete forest inventory at the national level and the formulation of a Geographic Information System (GIS), based on forest management to be used as environment management and planning, plantation development, reducing emission, degradation and deforestation plus application, among others.
Mr. Awudi said the FPP will also develop a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) protocols for a set of sub national REDD demonstration activities that meet the accepted principles and procedures, for the estimation and reporting of carbon emissions and removals through detailed mapping and forest structural analysis.
He said the program, when completed will provide opportunity for the national and the international community to access every information they need about the country’s forest.