Ghana has deployed Nature-based Solutions to tackle climate change in the forestry sector as part of the effort towards achieving its climate action strategies.
To this end, Ghana placed a ban in the recent past on illegal mining and took necessary steps to reverse destroyed water bodies, vegetation, and forests.
In addition, some sixty-thousand (60,000) young people have been employed to help restore degraded lands, and have, so far, planted 24 million trees covering an area of one hundred and ninety thousand (190,000) hectares.
This was disclosed by Roselyn Fosuah Adjei, Director, Climate Change and National REED+ Coordinator at the Forestry Commission at a side event organized by Ghana with support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the ongoing Climate Change Conference in Spain.
“Ghana developed an ambitious sub-national emission reduction program covering the 5.9m ha cocoa-forests mosaic landscape in the southern half of the country. Ghana expects to generate about 598.2 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents in emission reductions, over the life of its REDD+ program,” she said.
According to her, the UNDP is currently supporting the Forestry commission to replicate the program in Shea in Northern Ghana adding that “this will form a major part of Ghana’s contribution to global efforts to close the ambition gap before and after 2020.”
Since the ratification of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol, Climate Change continues to be on top of the National Development Agenda of Ghana.
Ghana has made enormous strides in the implementation of REDD+ as part of efforts to reducing global warming.