The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on 11th February launched the Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project (GSLERP) in the Northern regional capital Tamale.
The project was developed by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources through the Forestry Commission, the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), and the Global Shea Alliance and approved by the Green Climate Fund with a net worth of 54.5million US dollars, a grant component of 30.1 million dollars and Co-funded by the government of Ghana with 24.4 million dollars.
Launching the project on the theme “Climate Resilience for People; Industry and Forests” Dr Bawumia noted that “the grants seek to mitigate the effects of climate change on the fragile ecosystem of northern Ghana as well as improve the shea value chain, especially for the Small Scale women shea entrepreneurs.”
He added that the project will provide economic opportunities to develop shea and its byproducts which will be an important income generation activity for over 600,000 women in the northern sector as the government expects to plant some 1.7 million shea trees over a 7-year period.
Ghana is the 4th largest producer of shea in the world and the Vice President is optimistic the project when successfully implemented will increase the demand for Ghana’s shea and its status on the global market.
He said the Akuffo-Addo has since its assumption into office supported scientific research on the shea plant to guard towards making the shea a reliable income-generating product.
“This Ministry lead the country to receive the highest grant amount to any Ghanaian government institution from the Green Climate Fund. They have made our country proud and lived up to their mandate.”
Dr Bawumia appealed to all chiefs in the project jurisdiction and partners to ensure the successful implementation of the project, urging farmers to own the “programme and contribute to its success.”
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer Samuel Abdulai Jinapor says the GSLERP will contribute significantly to the global fight against climate change and its effect adding that 9 out of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be achieved through the project as it aims to reduce some 6.4 million tons of carbon emissions in the first 7 years of the project life.
“Climate Change is the greatest threat to the realisation of the sustainable development goal which has an enormous impact on the fundamentals required for our survival on earth,” Lawyer Jinapor quoted President Akufo-Addo.
At COP 26 in Glasgow, the sector minister argued that “a nature-based solution to climate change and he thus believes that apart from supporting the Livelihoods of some 1.6 billion citizens across the world, Forestry and Land use offer fast, reliable, and empirical evidence-based action to mitigate the effects of climate change.”
He added that effective implementation of this project is expected to Improve sustainable ecosystem services, Improve the productivity level of the shea supply chain.
The Minister hinted that as part of efforts to encourage afforestation, President Akufo-Addo will be launching the 2nd Green Ghana Day event on 1st March 2022, an earlier date than planned.
A representative from the Palace of the King of Dagbon said the project aid in eradicating poverty in the northern zone since Shea is the main source of livelihood support for the women in the north.
The Italian Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Daniela d’Orlandi in her address stated that since 2017, the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea has played a key role in Ghana’s Climate Change Action and the Forestry sector such as Agriculture, with the ultimate goal of enhancing climate change action and enhancing sustainability.
She added that Italy will continue to support Ghana in the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals 5, 13, and 15.
The Representative from the United Nations Development Project, (UNDP) Madam Angela Lusigi, eulogized Ghana for being the leading African country to have moved beyond words to action and promised her organisation’s committed support in this project.
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