The Fire-Smart Landscape Governance Project (FSLGP) is a component of the Working Landscape (WL) Programme; aimed at realizing benefits in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It is designed be achieved through the sustainable use of forests, and trees resources in climate-smart landscapes. This is inspired by the revering role of forests and trees in carbon stocks enhancement, improving resilience to climate change, supporting people’s livelihoods and sustaining agricultural value chains in such landscapes.
This notwithstanding, climate-smart landscapes are exposed to the recurring threats and risks of wildfires owing to less effective fire use and management practices. For target landscapes where wildfire is a major problem, the Fire-Smart Landscape Governance Project seeks to replicate by contextualizing Fire Smart Territory (FST) approach to fire use and management (Tedim et al., 2016). The approach is intended to reduce or eliminate risk of wildfire events for the benefits of sustainable use of forest and trees resources.
In Ghana, we contextualize, and apply FST as; Landscape Approach to Fire Management as part of efforts towards Climate-Smart, and Resilient Landscapes.
Generally, the FSLGP seeks to ensure that, communities and other landscape actors (GNFS, FC, MDAs, TAs, MLNR, etc.) effectively collaborate, and inclusively plan and manage fires; with mechanisms to consolidate same i.e., landscape approach to fire management. Replication and/or upscale of same/similar approach to fire management is expected in adjoining landscapes beyond 2023, which will ultimately ensure that, Forest and Agricultural landscapes in Ghana are largely wildfire risk free, and with the capacity to rebound from wildfire events.