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The era when civil society organisations (CSOs) in the forestry, cocoa, mining and environmental sector worked in isolation with its associated difficulties in doing effective advocacy has become a thing of the past. Under the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) project, Tropenbos Ghana has supported and actively worked with CSO networks and coalitions in the sector to provide evidence, lobby and advocacy to influence policies that promote sustainable governance and practices.
The exploitation of children through any form of work that deprives them of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, popularly known as “child labour,” among cocoa-producing communities, has been a concern in Ghana. Such an act interferes with the ability of children to attend regular school and is mentally, physically, socially or morally harmful to their development.
Some community forest monitors in the Sefwi Wiawso Municipality of the Western North region of Ghana have been complaining of threats on their lives by illegal loggers. According to them, their vigilance has become a source of frustration to these loggers and this is arousing enmity between them. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a middle-aged lady narrates how she receives physical threats from people who are bent on carrying out their illegal activities on the forests and landscapes, for what they term “spying on them.”
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