Ghana has committed to various forest sector initiatives to improve governance, ensure sustainability, and improve the lives of people who depend on forest resources. These initiatives include a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), the Natural Resources and Environment Governance Programme, and the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Programme. These processes have triggered governance reforms in the forest sector particularly in improving information availability,participation and benefits sharing among others. Fern and its partners in Liberia, Cameroon, Republic of Congo and Ghana are currently implementing the Tackling Deforestation Programme which links REDD+ and FLEGT projects across the implementing countries.
This study is part of the actions implementing the Tackling Deforestation Programme through linking the REDD+ and FLEGT Projects, which is being implemented Civic Response in Ghana. Among the outcomes of the Tackling Deforestation Programme is the establishment of governance monitoring systems to track developments in the forest and land sectors, particularly initiatives related to the FLEGT process, land acquisition and REDD+.