FORIG, WWF sign MOU
The Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) West Africa Forest Programme have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for €200,000 to promote legal timber trade and strengthen forest governance in the country.
The first project, which is being implemented by FORIG and is estimated at €100,000, seeks to strengthen the capabilities of forest fringe communities in southern Ghana to stop illegal logging.
The second, which is also at the cost of €100,000, aims at ensuring compliance with the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Support Programme (FLEGT) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
Mr. Musa Saihou Mbenga, the FAO Representative in Ghana, in an address, pointed out that illegal logging has devastating environmental, social and economic impact on some of the world’s most valuable forests.
Representative of FORIG and the WWF West Africa Forest Programme initialed for their respective organizations.
The programme is an initiative funded by the European Commission and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).