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07 August 2015 Ghana

A giant step towards formalizing Artisanal Milling

To support the continuous training and operations of artisanal millers to curb illegalities and conflicts associated with chainsaw milling, whilst addressing livelihood and VPA issues, the EU Chainsaw milling project supported the Forestry Commission to purchase a modern wood processing equipment, an LT 40 WoodMizer. The equipment has been installed at FCTC which will now become the national training center for artisanal millers. The equipment was out-doored at the 13th Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue meeting of the project at FCTC in Kumasi.

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30 July 2015 Ghana

Overland Export of Timber from Ghana: A Silent Cancer

Aside Ghana increasing its efforts to address illegal logging and milling to secure the supply of legal timber to the domestic market, the country has to pay special attention to the overland export of timber. Ghana has a long history as a major supplier of high-value hardwood timber and wood products to European, Asian and African markets. As a signer of the Voluntary Partnership agreement with the EU, Ghana has a commitment not only to export legal wood but also source and trade in legal timber on the domestic market. A study conducted by the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana has brought to the limelight the overland trade in wood and wood products as a vibrant one but largely illegal.

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30 July 2015 Ghana

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue in Ghana Formally Institutionalised

A culture of stakeholder consultation in decision making in the forestry sector is gaining space through the institutionalization of the multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD). During the 13th MSD meeting of the EU Chainsaw Milling project which took place at the Forestry Commission Training Center in Kumasi on 16th July, 2015 the National Forest Forum- Ghana (NFF-G) accepted to merge with the MSD platform established by the EU Chainsaw milling project.

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18 June 2015 Ghana

TILCAP Launches Training Manuals to Disseminate Information on Ghana’s VPA

The implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) signed between Ghana and the European Union (EU) would pave the way for a more effective forest governance system in Ghana. This would halt illegal logging and its associated revenue loss to the Government of Ghana and also ensure an equitable distribution of forest resources.

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21 April 2015 Ghana

Promoting Legal Livelihoods in Ghana

Providing alternatives to illegal chainsaw milling practices through the EU Chainsaw Milling Project. Illegal logging in Ghana is partly a problem of poverty. Changing the policy environment — especially enforcement to combat illegal logging — has proved to be important over the years, but needs to be complemented by offering alternative income opportunities to illegal activities to the rural poor in forest communities. The Chainsaw Milling Project, initiated by the Ghana Forestry Commission, the Forest Research Institute of Ghana and Tropenbos International, with funding from the European Commission, involves stakeholders in dialogue, information gathering and the development of alternatives to illegal and unsustainable chainsaw milling practices.

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16 February 2015 Ghana

Ghana’s charcoal commodity chain soon to receive more attention

The charcoal commodity chain in Ghana will soon receive a lot of attention through a collaborative effort between University of Copenhagen (UC) Denmark, University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Tropenbos International Ghana (TBI Ghana). This will happen because the Danish Government has given out and amount of USD1,415,000 for a new project titled - “Property, access and exclusion along the charcoal commodity chain in Ghana” simply called the AX project.

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