Ghana and Ecuador to Cooperate on Forestry Development

Accra, Oct. 12, GNA -The Governments of Ghana
and Ecuador have signed an Aide Memoire (agreement) expressing interest to
cooperate on environmental protection, with focus on forestry development.

A statement from United Nations Development
Programme ((UNDP) said the signing took place in Quito, the capital of Ecuador,
during a South-South Knowledge Exchange which was facilitated by the UNDP.

The cooperation between the two countries will
be centred on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation

REDD+ is a global framework through which
developing countries are rewarded financially for any carbon emissions
reductions achieved that is associated with a decrease in the conversion of
forests to alternate land uses. REDD+ therefore links the protection of forests
to the fight against climate change.

Ghana and Ecuador are actively pursuing the
REDD+ agenda. Ghana, specifically, has put in place a national strategy and
institutional infrastructure to implement REDD+, and has already started
accessing global funds such as the Carbon Fund to finance its various Emission
Reduction Programmes.

Among the key agreed activities, both
countries will facilitate learning and exchange of best practices on
agroforestry, and jointly explore public-private partnerships, setting up
agreements with international corporations involved in commodities supply chain
(cocoa, palm oil, coffee).

UNDP is expected to act as the partnership
facilitator and the broker in the transfer of this knowledge, ideas, expertise,
products, services and resources.

The signing of the Aide Memoire was the climax
of an intense week of discussions and field visits, where the two countries had
the chance to share their experiences in REDD+ implementation so far.

The Ghanaian delegation, led by Mr. Kwadwo
Owusu Afriyie, Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, had the
opportunity to interact with cocoa farmers in the Amazon forest and observe how
Ecuador is promoting local production of premium organic chocolate.

The delegation had representatives from Ghana
Cocoa Board, Forestry Commission, Tropenbos Ghana and UNDP.


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