Tackling Deforestation is “Our Common Vision” – Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA)

Section of Participants at the Dialogue

Tropical Forest Alliance, a partnership of over 160 international institutions, recently staged a project strategy design workshop at Mensvic Hotel in Accra.  The workshop aimed at exploring a project baseline and a draft landscape assessment of the Ghana Cocoa  Forest REDD+ Program (GCFRP) of the Forestry Commission.

At the workshop held on December 12, 2019 in Accra, to undertake a strategic review of ongoing initiatives in the program area, stakeholders and GCFRP Hotspot Intervention Areas (HIA) representatives, private sector representatives, local sectoral ministry representatives were engaged in a consultative process to steer collective action. The workshop stimulated rich discussions that will ensure the commitment of stakeholders and the sustainability of the GCFRP. 

Africa Regional Coordinator of TFA, Joseph Lumumba

Speaking to Agricinghana Media, the Africa Regional Coordinator of TFA, Joseph Lumumba, stated that TFA is promoting jurisdictional sustainability to help accelerate collective action on sustainable commodity supply chains.  He further indicated that Ghana is a focus country in the West and Central Africa jurisdiction in its effort to advancing the deforestation-free commodity supply chain commitments. In Ghana TFA is strategically supporting the REDD+ Secretariat of the Forestry Commission in the implementation of Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Program (GCFRP).

Interventions of the GCFRP highlighted include: Planting of shade trees on farms, enrichment planting, effective extension services, climate-smart production systems, forest reserve rehabilitation, policy reforms, access to inputs and inputs supply and strengthened tenure security. The implementation frameworks to ensure the operationalization of these interventions comprise of proper governance structures, safeguards, carbon accounting, natural forest monitoring, benefit sharing, feedback and grievances redress mechanisms and effective monitoring and evaluation. 

At the workshop, the various stakeholders advocated for a collaborative action plan through the harmonization of efforts of other organizations and not tagging initiatives and HIAs to organizations but rather managing these areas with a common plan adopting a participatory approach to ensure local ownership. Clear commitments to restrict the expansion of crops such as Oil Palm, Cocoa and Rubber into forest reserves were also highlighted. 

TFA Partners and stakeholders, present at the workshop were GIZ, AFD, UNDP, Partnership for Forests (P4F), Forestry Commission, Rainforest Alliance, Touton, Olam, World Cocoa Foundation, IDH, Forestry Commission, Proforest, COCOBOD and Alliance for Green revolution in Africa (AGRA).  

About Tropical Forest Alliance

Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) is a global partnership platform working to achieve the deforestation-free production of palm oil,cocoa, soy, beef and pulp and paper in West and Central Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and China. The Alliance has the collective power of more than 160 partners representing national and sub-national governments, private sector, civil society and other actors, and is designed to foster collaboration to achieve sustainable supply chains. Since 2015, the TFA has been hosted at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

Some of the partners (including private sector such as Unilever, Olam, Wilmar, SIAT, Mars, Barry Callebaut among others). Some multilateral organizations include  UN Environment, World Bank, UNDP etc. In Africa, TFA is present in West and Central Africa including Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and Cameroun. Key activities in Africa include Cocoa and Forest Initiative implemented in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire by IDH and WCF and the African Oil Palm Initiative implemented by Proforest

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