Ensuring the sustainability of natural resources in Ghana
REFORESTATION OF DEGRADED FOREST RESERVE LAND
This project in Ghana aims to reforest 4,078.5 hectares of degraded forest land in the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve (AHFR)
Restoring and conserving degraded natural forest in Ghana
Between 1990 and 2010, Ghana lost a total of around 33.7% of its forest cover due to over-logging, illegal farming and annual wildfires, activities still threatening the reserve.
Through its activity, the project aims to conserve productive forest in the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve (AHFR).
The project activities will allow to meet the growing demand for high-quality wood products while generating GHG emission reductions that can be measured, monitored and verified
The project is developed in the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve (AHFR), situated nearby to the localities Abrantiyamawbaw and Kwapeni.
It has total project area of 4,078.5 hectares set over two distinct areas.
2,067.80 hectares already planted
This has been carried out primarily with teak plantations, also including a proportion of native species. This is to increment and reinforce existing areas of biodiversity interest and restore and maintain natural forests in the riparian buffer zones.
Employment in sustainably managed forest plantations
The project provides quality rural employment for the nearby communities, since more than 1000 people are hired every year.
Through training project activities, community members will acquire improved skills and knowledge to carry out proper and sustainable forest management practices.
About the project
The CCMP (Climate Change Mitigation Project) Reforestation of Degraded Forest Reserve Land in Ghana is registered under the CERCARBONO standard (#66).
The project complies with all the requirements established under the methodology AR-ACM0003 version 2.0. AENOR is the third party involved in the validation and verification of the project.
What is the project's contribution?
Aiming to contribute to climate change mitigation, the reforestation and revegetation project develops a variety of activities ranging from:
The project, the community and the area
Reforestation of Degraded Forest Reserve Land in Ghana has many positive impacts in both the community and the area, not only from the economic level but also the social one.
The overall project goals are to:
About the standard
This project is developed under the CERCARBONO standard, using its Protocol for Voluntary Carbon Certification.
Cercarbono is a standard with a voluntary carbon certification programme that facilitates and guarantees the registration of Climate Change Mitigation Programmes or Projects (CCMPs), the certification of emissions, and the registration of the carbon credits generated by these initiatives.
About Mere Plantations
Mere Plantations is the project proponent. The company owns the leasehold rights for 50 years on over 4,000 Hectares of degraded forestland located in the Reserve of Afram Headwaters Forest.
The company was established in January 2007 to reforest the sites under a monoculture plantation of Teak (Tectona Grandis).They actively work in the cultivation of plantation teak in an ecologically responsible and economically rewarding manner.
How does this project contribute to the SDG’s?
By using CERCARBONO’s tool to report contributions of climate change mitigation initiatives to the Sustainable Development Goals, it is determined that the project is aligned with the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.
CERCARBONO is the only standard with an SDG verification process. The activities implemented as part of project will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in the beneficiary communities, as stated by CERCARBONO’s tool, with a special focus on:
100% of the income proceeding from wood marketing is directly invested in the community through capacity building and technical training
Implementing a programme to suport local comunities in cultivating and marketing a variety of fruits and vegetables, while respecting their knowledge on harvesting, processing and eating them
Implementation of a health programme focused on ensuring that both eventual and permanent employees have access to quality medical care
There is no difference on salaries and conditions between hired women and men. An awareness programme on gender equality for the employees is implemented
Unlimited access to fresh, clean water and sanitation for the communities. Monitoring against World Health Organisation standards is carried out
Voluntary Benefit Sharing Agreement where a percentage of all timber revenue goes directly to the community through the District Assembly
The project aims at creating and maintaining infraestructures for the integration of the plantation to the communities
The plantation of 4 million trees translates in emission removals of around 32 million in a duration of 40 years
Programme of sustainable forest establishment, management and maintenance, ensuring biodiversity floursihment by avoiding illegal loggers
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ALLCOT is the developer of the Reforestation of Degraded Forest Reserve Land in Ghana project and has marketing rights to it. Mere Plantations Limited (MPL) is the project proponent.
The project has been validated, registered and verified under CERCARBONO. The project complies with all the protocols required by the standard, as well as the third party involved in this process, AENOR.