Forest Landscape Restoration by means of sustainable wood energy value chains
As of: September 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 has identified ten charcoal-producing communities in the Bono East and Savannah region together with the partner institutions. In these, measures for afforestation for sustainable energy wood production on degraded land, rehabilitation of degraded forest landscapes and improvement of energy-efficient use of fuel wood and charcoal have been implemented since March 2020.
- Three selected communities are already benefiting from nurseries established by the project since November 2020, where a total of one million seedlings of fast-growing tree species will be grown over the next months.
- Studies on biodiversity, gender, the wood energy value chain and the restoration potential of forest landscapes (ROAM) in the project communities have been carried out. The reforestation and restoration concepts are currently being developed on the basis of these studies.
- In 2020, a total of 82,500 seedlings of mainly indigenous tree species were planted on 136 hectares of degraded forest land.
- The experiences are fed into the implementation of the national bioenergy, climate policy and REDD+ strategy and contribute directly to the achievement of the NDC goals on sustainable forest management and climate protection. In addition, the results will be disseminated at regional and international level.