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Ghana has launched the development of a Ghana REDD+ Investment Plan (GRIP) in its quest to operationalize its national REDD+ Strategy and the implementation of other Warsaw framework elements.

As one of the leading countries on REDD+ in Africa, Ghana has demonstrated considerable leadership to address the drivers of deforestation and deforestation, which constitute one of the most compelling climate change challenges in the country. As part of these efforts, Ghana has just launched the commencement of the development of a Ghana REDD+ Investment Plan (GRIP) in its quest to operationalize its national REDD+ Strategy and the implementation of other Warsaw framework elements. The GRIP is generously supported by the Government of Italy through the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea.

Led by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, and in close partnership with the Forestry Commission, the Investment Plan seeks to boost efforts on REDD+ implementation by mobilizing the needed investments and associated finance, encouraging programmatic investments that bring transformational and systemic change, and to ensuring coordinated, coherent and comprehensive approach to REDD+ investment planning. The first stakeholder meeting on the Investment plan, held on 9th August, 2017, brought key stakeholders and partners to discuss the overall strategic, conceptual and analytical approach to the Ghana REDD+ Investment Plan development and the roadmap towards its implementation. Participants from key Government Ministries, Government agencies, private sector, civil society and development partners expressed support to this timely intervention, which is aligned to Ghana’s long-term REDD+ planning, the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and national vision.

In addition to the above, the meeting also provided an opportunity for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to share information, lessons and experiences on how other countries have gone about their Investment Plan development process. The meeting also provided an opportunity for the Government to update stakeholders on its REDD+ proposal development to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Ghana's forest resources face pressures from agricultural expansion, logging, wood harvesting for charcoal production and firewood, mining, wildfires and poaching. The country’s economic growth and achievements have come at a significant cost to its forests. Having lost over 60% of its primary forest cover from 1950 to the turn of the last century (2.7 million hectares) the future of Ghana’s forests is an issue of major concern. Ghana is at “pole position" to consolidate and advance REDD+ implementation through GRIP and to consolidate its firm grip on REDD+.

By Elsie G. Attafuah, Senior Regional Technical Advisor, REDD+, UNDP, and Yaw Kwakye, National REDD+ Coordinator, Ghana

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