Analysis of Linkages and Opportunities for Synergies Between FLEGT, REDD and National Forest Programme in Ghana
This study was undertaken for Tropenbos International (TBI) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to analyse the Forest Law, Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) processes in the context of national forest policy and programme in Ghana in order to learn how the coordination of sector policies and programmes can be improved. Specifically, the objective was to see if and how the overall forest governance framework has supported the planning and implementation of forest-related processes and initiatives in Ghana, in particular how the FLEGT and REDD+ processes have been integrated into the national forest strategies. The aim was also to give suggestions on how the initiatives, in particular REDD+ and FLEGT, can further strengthen the use of existing structures and processes, in particular the national forest programme, and create synergies in implementing the national forest policy/strategies. The study, which lasted for about six weeks, mainly involved documentary review and expert interviews as well as synthesis of stakeholder views from a regional meeting on forest governance organised by FAO ACP FLEGT Support Programme in Accra, Ghana.