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Forest Landscape Restoration by means of sustainable wood energy value chains

As of: March 2021

Ghana’s forest areas are declining by around 2% every year. A large part of the felled wood is used as firewood and for charcoal – and the consumption of both of these energy sources is constantly increasing. In its national REDD+ strategy, Ghana has identified the improvement of wood energy production and its use as a key factor. However, measures to achieve this have not yet attained their potential – and there is a risk that the destruction of forests will continue, despite legislation that protects them. The project therefore supports its partner institutions in restoring forest landscapes, together with small entrepreneurs and organised producer groups from charcoal-producing regions. The project work includes the sustainable production and use of wood energy, the improvement of the political and institutional framework for sustainable wood energy, the restoration of forest landscapes and the dissemination of the approach throughout the region.

State of implementation/results

  • The project supports the partner institutions in restoring forest landscapes in selected charcoal-producing communities together with landowners and smallholders.
  • Ten charcoal-producing communities in the Bono East and Savannah regions have been identified together with the partners.
  • Here, measures for afforestation for sustainable energy wood production on degraded land, rehabilitation of degraded forest landscapes and improvement of the energy efficient use of energy wood and charcoal are implemented.
  • The experience gained is fed into the implementation of the national bioenergy, climate policy and REDD+ strategy and makes a direct contribution to the NDC's achievement of sustainable forest management and climate protection.
  • Furthermore, the results are disseminated at regional and international level.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources - Ghana

Implementing partner(s):
  • Energy Commission - Ghana
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Ghana
  • Forestry Commission - Ghana
  • IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands
  • Ministry of Energy - Ghana
  • Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) - Ghana

BMU grant:
4.500.000,00 €

04/2019  till  03/2023

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