The Government of Ghana is implementing two major interventions to urgently respond to the effects of climate change. They are; the Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Programme (GCFRP) in cocoa forest landscape, mainly in the southern part of the country and Shea Lands Scape Emission Reduction Programme in the Northern Savannah zones of the country.
These programmes will not only enhance the ecosystem but will also improve livelihood opportunities for farmers, especially female farmers, and forest users in general.
Its Minister for Lands and Natural Resources – Mr Samuel Abdulai Jinapor stated this at the opening of the 12th Bosphorus Summit, in Istanbul, Turkey on 6th December 2021.
An estimated 7 million seedlings were on June 11th 2021, planted nationwide under the flagship Green Ghana initiative by the current administration to restore the country’s fast depleted forest reserves.
The sector minister also stated that a robust afforestation programme that seeks to restore degraded landscapes across all ecological zones will soon be rolled out as part of a “master plan on landscape restoration.”
Mr Jinapor used the occasion to call for collaborations among countries in tapping in the vast best practices in landscape restoration among others.
“Let us invest in technology and science that prevents the impact of climate change on the Livelihoods of the people we lead. We can only achieve our aim if global climate actions are real and verifiable, and this we must do, by embracing real and verifiable emissions reduction initiatives,” he said.
The Chairman of the International Cooperation Platform (ICP) Mr Rona Yircali hinted it was time for the International Community to reaffirm their commitment towards the enhancement of the environment. He was optimistic discussions at the Summit will help to make the world a better place.
The 12th Bosphorus Summit hosted by Turkey’s Commercial Capital Istanbul, featured the participation of Ministers of State, Diplomats, experts and Academics from Ghana, Angola, Jordan, Turkey, Kosovan, Palestine, Denmark, Belgium, UK, USA, Norway, Azerbaijan and many other countries worldwide.
Other discussions centred on cyber security, artificial intelligence, conflict resolution, transport and Industrialisation.