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Ghana - 15 August, 2022
Tropenbos Ghana has launched the Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project (GSLERP) in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region of Ghana. The project seeks to directly strengthen the livelihood of farmers while building climate resilience through restoration, decreased deforestation, and fire management to indirectly contribute to retaining soil moisture, reducing evapotranspiration, and maintaining soil fertility in the district.
Speaking at the launch, Project Manager, Mr. Daniel Kofi Abu revealed that the Northern-Savannah zone has lost much of its forest cover over the years. He added that collaboration is needed to restore the Shea Park Lands to reverse the trends in tree cover loss in the ecological zone.
The representative of the District Chief Executive, Hon. Seidu Shiraz commended Tropenbos Ghana for selecting the Central Gonja District. He continued that the Assembly has also rolled out a tree planting campaign, resulting in the distribution of tree and fruit seedlings to farmers across the district.
The Director of the Department of Agriculture, Mr. Imoro Mohammed urged farmers and other stakeholders present to take advantage of the Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions project. He pledged his support and that of his staff to ensure the success of the project.
The project will plant over 20,000 shea trees in the Central Gonja District. The Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project (GSLERP) is funded by the Green Climate Fund with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Forestry Commission as implementing partners and the Global Shea Alliance as a technical partner.