FLR and Carbon mapping for biodiversity conservation in Ghana
Assessing and Capitalizing on the Potential to Enhance Forest Carbon Sinks through Forest Landscape Restoration while Benefiting Biodiversity
Implementation of successful REDD-plus actions need to ensure that forests and the services they provide to humankind are conserved, managed and restored in ways that achieve climate change mitigation targets, help secure sustainable livelihoods and maintain the ability of an ecosystem to function healthily and continue to provide goods and services. Underpinning this is a necessary understanding of the relationship between biodiversity and climate change mitigation. Ghana is in the process of developing the country’s REDD-plus strategy and is actually putting in place pilot projects, but the issue of how these will contribute to biodiversity conservation is not being given adequate attention yet.
The Assessing and Capitalizing on the Potential to Enhance Forest Carbon Sinks through Forest Landscape Restoration while Benefiting Biodiversity project is supported by the German Ministry of Environment (BMU) and it has up-to-date produced the draft forest landscape opportunity map for Ghana with support from the World Resources Institute and the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (CERSGIS). The produced map was a merger of best of science (GIS) and best of local knowledge (from community of practitioners) obtained through sub-regional multi stakeholder dialogue.