The 2012 Ghana Forest and Wildlife Policy (GFWP) Objective 4 has given recognition to forest communities in the implementation of sustainable forest management, and transparent forest governance. The 2012 (GFWP) further states that “the focus of forest management in Ghana is shifting from a government-led system to a community-government collaborative management approach”.
However, there are limited legislation in support of community participation in SFM. Forest communities also have limited capacity in SFM. Furthermore, Forest Communities have limited capacity to engage the State Actors for equitable roles and benefits in forest resources. This project aims at specific capacity building activities to improve community participation in forest governance, monitoring and access to equitable benefit sharing arrangements in timber revenues. The project will contribute to legal compliance for the production and export of legal timber right from the forest gate. This project is an initiative and step wise approach for forest communities to attain oversight responsibilities in community based forest management and community development projects.