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.