Tropenbos Ghana was established in 2001 in response to sustainable landscape management challenges in Ghana. In 2017, Tropenbos Ghana became a legal national entity and a member of the Tropenbos International network.
Our mission is to generate, communicate and advocate the application of information that optimizes forest benefits through participatory and collaborative approaches.
Our vision is to be a leading organization that influences forest policy and practice for enhanced livelihoods and sustainable development.
Our goal is to ensure that, forest sector actors in Ghana apply sound and adequate information for poverty reduction policies, implement activities that increase forest cover, promote climate-resilient practices, reduce conflicts associated with forest management and ecosystem services.
Our work approach: Research, capacity building (individuals, communities, institutions, and relevant stakeholders), provision of platforms for informed dialogues on topical forestry issues and sharing of lessons and experiences at local, national, and international levels.
What we do:
- Increase forest cover and the number of trees in the landscape, especially in cocoa farms and on degraded forest lands, improving the attractiveness and reducing disincentives for trees on farms
- Together with landscape and national-level stakeholders develop an inclusive governance model, with a focus on ensuring secured on-farm tree tenure rights to farmers
- Stop encroachment by accelerating the implementation of a sustainable and climate-smart cocoa supply
- Establish monitoring, evaluation and learning platforms to consolidate joint lessons learned and to define common grounds for integrating deforestation-free cocoa standards (DFCS) in cocoa commodity chains
- Design climate-smart practices that ensure sustainable diversification of crops and incomes of smallholder farmers
- Develop financial incentives for land users to apply climate-smart models and facilitate access to credit and markets for farmers who engage in climate-smart practices
- Facilitate access of women and youth to the climate-smart decision table and to build their capacity to effectively take part in decision-making processes
- Support the legislation and up-scaling of the Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) approach
- Actively engage local Communities with the government and the private sector on natural resource management
- Improve enforcement & monitoring of forestry, mining and logging laws and reduction of illegal practices
- Strengthen non-state actors to improve FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ processes in Ghana
- Together with CSOs lobby government and develop multi-stakeholder dialogues on tree tenure reforms