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Une quarantaine d’organisations de la société civile et des représentants des communautés locales et autochtones impliquées dans l’observation externe des forêts se sont réunis pour partager des expériences et connaissances acquises au cours des dernières décennies.
In 2009, Ghana ratified a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU) to halt deforestation and illegal logging, and to improve governance in the forest sector by regulating the trade in timber and timber products. Five years on, poor governance remains a problem
within the forestry sector, and in some respects the problems have actually worsened.
This Civil Society- Independent Forest Monitors briefing paper outlines nine major irregularities found in the allocation processes of the Blouquia and Neezonnie Community Forestry Management Agreements (CFMAs). The issues outlined represent a huge loss to local communities in terms of forest resources and the benefits derived from them. The Civil Society - Independent Forest Monitors are calling on the Government to suspend all operations in Blouquia and Neezonnie until further investigations have been completed.