In Ghana, deforestation has occurred for a variety of reasons, including logging and land clearing to plant cash-crops. The impact of deforestation is widespread, affecting the livelihoods of local people and upsetting the fine balance of the forest’s ecosystem.
Legal reform / VPA status
In November 2009, Ghana was the first country to sign a bi-lateral agreement on timber trade and forest governance, known as a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), with the European Union to address illegal deforestation and try to curb the sale of illegal timber. Because of this agreement, the Ghanaian government is undertaking reform processes in the forest sector and is implementing a system to guarantee that wood meant for national and international markets is harvested, processed and sold legally – a ‘timber legality assurance system.’
ClientEarth in Ghana
Since 2012, ClientEarth has been supporting civil society through these developments, and providing legal support and training to the stakeholders involved in reform processes in the forest sector. The VPA contributes to those processes, and has therefore been an important focus of our work in country.
Ghana Law database: provides access to legal texts related to forest and natural resource governance in Ghana and is a resource which will be regularly updated and improved upon.
Resources: provides information to Civil Society Organisations and other actors working on forests, natural resources and community rights related issues in Ghana, and is continuously updated and improved upon.
The country team
In Ghana, ClientEarth works with Clement Kojo Akapame, Nana Tawiah Okyir and Bernard Boateng from Accra-based NGO TaylorCrabbe initiative. To get in touch with a member of the team, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.