Reducing carbon emissions: Ghana and Ecuador sign agreement for environmental protection and forest development

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The Governments of Ghana and Ecuador have signed an agreement to cooperate on environmental protection, with a focus and emphasis on forestry development.

The cooperation between the two countries will be centred on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). REDD+ is a global framework through which developing countries are rewarded financially for any carbon emissions reductions achieved that is associated with a decrease in the conversion of forests to alternate land uses.

REDD+, therefore, links the protection of forests to the fight against climate change.

Among the key agreed activities, both countries will facilitate learning and exchange of best practices on agroforestry, and jointly explore public-private partnerships, setting up agreements with international corporations involved in commodities supply chain (cocoa, palm oil, coffee).

Signing the agreement on behalf of the Forestry Commission, its Chief Executive Officer, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie also known as sir John, reiterated the commission’s commitment at operating in accordance with international best practices.

According to him, the commission has developed programmes and policies that are aimed at ensuring the maximization of the potential of the forestry sector in the country and to ensure an all green environment.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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