The Research for Development and Innovation Agriculture and Learning (ReDIAL) Action is funded by the European Union and is being implemented in Ghana by a consortium consisting of Friends of the Nation (FoN), Tropenbos Ghana, the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (FRNR-KNUST) and supported by SAYeTECH Company and SESI Technology. The ReDIAL project is part of EU initiative on Climate-relevant Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (and food systems) in developing countries – DeSIRA.
Mobilizing More 4 Climate (MoMo4C) is a five-year (2019-2024) programme which aims to bring together entrepreneurs, firms, policymakers, investors and civil society organizations to make green business propositions that tackle causes and impacts of climate change at the landscape level in developing countries, and to attract investments to implement these initiatives. Five countries (Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Indonesia, and Mozambique) are implementing the programme with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tropenbos International (TBI), International Union for the Conservation of Nature – Netherlands (IUCN NL), and WWF Netherlands are the programme partners.
Most of the world’s total wood removals from forests and trees are used for energy purposes. Local communities in developing countries largely depend on forests for their energy needs. In Ghana, charcoal provides about 64% of the energy for cooking and heating in most urban homes and constitutes a major source of livelihood for people in rural areas endowed with woodlands suitable for charcoal production. Charcoal production is predominant in the northern and transitional zones of Ghana. Taxes and levies on the charcoal trade are important sources of revenue for District Assemblies, Forestry Commission, and traditional authorities (chiefs) in production areas.
By promoting climate-smart landscapes, the Working Landscapes programme will contribute to climate change mitigation, adaptation, improved livelihoods, and environmental integrity, which are crucial to achieving the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Forests and trees in well-managed landscapes have the potential to contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and adaptation while supporting people’s livelihoods and sustaining agricultural value chains.
Illegal artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) imperils food security and biodiversity in Ghanaian mining communities. It deprives local communities of livelihood assets (fertile land, water, non-timber forest products) and other ecosystem services. Nonetheless, because of its positive economic contributions notably rural employment and export revenues, artisanal and small-scale mining will continue to be a driver of landscape change in Ghana.