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21 November 2020 Ghana

CSOs brought together to push for policy reforms in the natural resources sector

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.

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21 November 2020 Ghana

Tropenbos Ghana tackles Child Labour in Cocoa-producing Areas

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.

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21 November 2020 Ghana

Community Forest Monitors receive death threats

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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16 July 2018 Ghana

Overland timber trade guidelines for its regulation

It is not an uncommon sight for Ghanaians to see tipper trucks carrying lumber from the forested parts of Ghana along the Kumasi-Tamale-Bolgatanga road en route to Burkina Faso and other Sahelian countries since this kind of trade between Ghana and her Sahelian neighbours has been ongoing for decades.

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16 July 2018 Ghana

Integrating Natural Resources and the Environment into Local Government Medium Term Development Plans

While Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana have been given the mandate to oversee the governance of their natural resources under the country’s decentralization policy, not much progress has been made in the promotion of the sustainable management of these resources. This is due in part to the lack of a medium and long term natural resource governance agenda that has been developed and made an integral part of the overall administration of the assemblies.

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24 April 2018 Ghana

Options for community participation in landscape restoration through plantation development

Accelerated rates of global deforestation and its contributions to global emissions as well as the risk it poses to rural livelihoods have made tackling deforestation a priority on the global agenda for sustainable development. Forest plantations have emerged as a cutting-edge strategy for timber production to meet the ever-rising global demand for wood resources, provide rural livelihood opportunities and ad-dress landscape restoration concerns.

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