Ghana has adopted the 2020 target for forest restoration, to be reached by increasing the area of forest and tree cover through afforestation, reforestation and agro-forestry development. The aim is to restore forest goods, services, and processes in forest lands to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well-being. As a contribution toward the target and aims, this project will be implementing community-based forest planning and restoration programmes within a landscape context, by doing the following:
- Identifying forest landscape fire risks in community lands and prioritising those areas for restoration actions and determining the potential reforestation/agro-forestry models suitable for restoration and wildfire prevention in those areas;
- Assist local communities to build their technical and human capacities to plan and implement forest restoration interventions (targeted improved agroforestry models using trees such as Triplochiton scleroxylon, Entandrophragma cylindricum, Celtis spp, Aningeria spp, Khaya anthotheca, Nauclea diderrichii, Albizia ferruginea, etc.) and to be able to protect the systems from wildfires; and
- Assist local communities to build their technical and human capacities to increase Non-Timber Forest Products production and processing and to implement other alternative livelihood sources (e.g. bee keeping, snail farming, mushroom growing, grass-cutter rearing, etc.) as means to improve forest income and reduce rural poverty while reducing the pressure on surrounding forest resource.
The overall objective will be to promote community-level forest landscape planning, restoration and protection to reduce forest degradation and increase biodiversity while improving local people’s livelihoods.