Map of Ghana Ghana

Total REDD+ Finance Committed:

$98,241,539

Total REDD+ Finance Disbursed:

$29,340,550

Ghana is reported to have one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa, at around 2% per year, according to FAO data. To combat this loss, Ghana is in the process of building a national strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forest loss and degradation, with the support of the World Bank´s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and Forest Investment Program (FIP), as well as private donors.

Ghana’s FIP Investment Plan was approved in 2012 and is managed by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR). Ghana intends to utilize FIP investments to address some of the underlying drivers of deforestation and to catalyze transformational change in the forestry sector. The FIP represents the biggest commitment to REDD+ in Ghana. By the end of 2014, US$59 million had been committed in FIP funding, representing 60% of total funding for REDD+ activities in Ghana.

Ghana has also received significant support from the FCPF Readiness Fund, and is one of only eleven countries invited into the Carbon Fund pipeline. An Emission Reduction Payment Agreement (ERPA) was recently signed which intends to enable up to US$50 million in performance based payments for Emission Reductions between 2016 and 2020.

REDD+ Activities

Finance has supported the following REDD+ activities in Ghana:

REDD+ activities supported by various types of donors

 

Number of donor initiatives supporting various REDD+ activities

 
   
  • REDD+ activities supported by various types of donors

    Chart Description

    The chart shows the REDD+ activities supported by the different donor institution types. The list of activities and definitions was drawn from broad agreement among REDD+ experts, including the civil society national partners collecting data across the initiative’s countries.

    Multilateral institutions, the government of Ghana, and donor governments are supporting all nine activity types, while international NGOs and private foundations are supporting eight of the nine activity types, missing only carbon offset development.

    Activities ticked as “other” include climate-smart agriculture, development of community resource management areas (CREMAs), and socio-economic research.

    It is important to note that the absence of support for an activity from a specific donor type does not constitute a lack of attention to the activity overall, since the activity could be well-funded through other donor types.

    Stakeholder engagement: Funding aimed at improving participation of non-governmental stakeholders through the design, implementation, and/or monitoring phases of REDD+, and/or funding that promotes media outreach.

    Rights and tenure: Funding directed at addressing issues of rights and tenure – including clarifying land, property and carbon rights.

    MRV and reference levels: Funding aimed at improving the monitoring, reporting and/or verification of REDD+, including changes in forest cover, forest degradation, biodiversity, or social and governance levels. Funding to define or implement reference levels to measure emissions, co-benefits and governance in country.

    Safeguards: Funding aimed at identifying barriers to forest conservation and enabling social and environmental benefits.

    Policy and law analysis & development, REDD strategy development & advocacy: Funding aimed at promoting research, advocacy and outreach to policymakers.

    Institutional strengthening: Funding aimed at developing in-country public institutions, ministries, staffing capacity and resources for REDD+.

    Forest carbon project design: Funding aimed at developing project design documents (PDDs) and validation activities. This includes credited projects that go to the market and those that want REDD+ payments.

    Improved forest and land management to reduce deforestation and degradation (implementation): Funding supporting protected areas, sustainable forest management, and reforestation management activities – including enforcement and compliance.

    Carbon offsets and performance-based payments for improved forest and land management: Funding aimed at carbon offsets, direct payments, actual benefits sharing, and actual payments such as incentive and performance-based payments.

    Other: Funding aimed at REDD+ activities that do not fall within the broad categories listed. For example, funding that is listed as technical support.

    Relevant Frequently Asked Questions

  • Number of donor initiatives supporting various REDD+ activities

    Chart Description

    This chart shows the number of donor initiatives that are at least partially supporting various REDD+ activities. In Ghana, the donors tracked are funding a broad array of REDD+ activities. Of the 50 total donor initiatives tracked, 42 are supporting stakeholder engagement, 34 are supporting institutional strengthening, and 31 are engaged in the implementation of improved forest and land management activities. All other activities are also receiving significant support, although only five projects are intending to develop carbon offsets.

    Stakeholder engagement: Funding aimed at improving participation of non-governmental stakeholders through the design, implementation, and/or monitoring phases of REDD+, and/or funding that promotes media outreach.

    Rights and tenure: Funding directed at addressing issues of rights and tenure – including clarifying land, property and carbon rights.

    MRV and reference levels: Funding aimed at improving the monitoring, reporting and/or verification of REDD+, including changes in forest cover, forest degradation, biodiversity, or social and governance levels. Funding to define or implement reference levels to measure emissions, co-benefits and governance in country.

    Safeguards: Funding aimed at identifying barriers to forest conservation and enabling social and environmental benefits.

    Policy and law analysis & development, REDD strategy development & advocacy: Funding aimed at promoting research, advocacy and outreach to policymakers.

    Institutional strengthening: Funding aimed at developing in-country public institutions, ministries, staffing capacity and resources for REDD+.

    Forest carbon project design: Funding aimed at developing project design documents (PDDs) and validation activities. This includes credited projects that go to the market and those that want REDD+ payments.

    Improved forest and land management to reduce deforestation and degradation (implementation): Funding supporting protected areas, sustainable forest management, and reforestation management activities – including enforcement and compliance.

    Carbon offsets and performance-based payments for improved forest and land management: Funding aimed at carbon offsets, direct payments, actual benefits sharing, and actual payments such as incentive and performance-based payments.

    Other: Funding aimed at REDD+ activities that do not fall within the broad categories listed. For example, funding that is listed as technical support.

    Relevant Frequently Asked Questions