Lands Ministry pays beneficiaries as Ghana receives World Bank carbon payment

The Deputy Minister for responsible for Lands and Forestry, Benito Owusu-Bio, presented cheques for the first tranche of carbon payments to beneficiaries from the Carbon Fund of the .

Ghana's participation in the International Mechanism, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+), has earned it the distinction of being the second African country, after , to receive results-based payments from the Carbon Fund.

Addressing the gathering on behalf of Minister Samuel A. Jinapor, Deputy Minister Owusu-Bio emphasized the significance of the Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Program (GCFRP) as a means to combat deforestation and forest degradation caused by expanding cocoa production, , logging, and wood fuel extraction.

Owusu-Bio highlighted the program's potential impact, stating, “The program anticipates that if these measures are done at a jurisdictional scale, about 10 million tonnes of emission reductions will be realized in six years.”

However, he expressed concerns over continued pressures on Ghana's forest resources from agricultural expansion, unsustainable logging, excessive wood harvesting, illegal mining, wildfires, and poaching.

Owusu-Bio urged stakeholders to promote forest preservation and support the government in combating these illegal activities.

Simon Osei-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, commended the efforts of the Ministry and the in implementing the Cocoa Forest REDD+ initiative, promoting sustainable development in cocoa production.

A representative from the World Bank Group, Madam Dashani Dasilvera, urged beneficiaries to apply sustainable practices, improve livelihoods, and translate payments into essential inputs and community projects, aiming to see Ghana's progress in this initiative.

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