Forest Landscape Restoration by means of sustainable wood energy value chains
As of: January 2022
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
- In ten charcoal-producing communities in the Bono East and Savannah regions, reforestation activities for sustainable energy wood production on degraded lands, rehabilitation of degraded forest landscapes and improvement of energy-efficient use of energy wood and charcoal have been implemented since March 2020.
- To date, more than 600,000 seedlings of native and fast-growing tree species have been planted on more than 900 hectares of degraded forest land.
- More than 2000 residents of the 10 project communities have benefited from the planting and nursery work to date, of which more than 70% are women.
- Three selected communities have already benefited from nurseries established by the project since November 2020, where a total of one million seedlings of fast-growing tree species will be grown in the coming months.
- Several studies on biodiversity, gender, the wood energy value chain, and the restoration potential of forest landscapes (ROAM) in the project communities have been conducted. The reforestation and restoration concepts were developed based on these studies.
- The project experiences will be fed into the implementation of the national bioenergy, climate change policy and REDD+ strategy and will directly contribute to the achievement of the NDC goals on sustainable forest management and climate change mitigation. In addition, the results will be disseminated at regional and international levels.