You cannot manage what you have not measured. In the latest step in an on-going effort to map restoration opportunity in the forested West-African nation of Ghana, IUCN and local partners have turned their attention to Ghana's impressive collection of protected forest reserves. 

Protecting natural landscapes maintains healthy, productive ecosystems - and ensures that communities receive the forest resources and natural benefits they depend on. It's been twenty years since the health of Ghana's reserve forests was last measured or fully mapped - have they been well managed? Are the forests healthy? 

“We can now begin to say which forest reserves are healthy and which are in a degraded state and may require restoration,” says Wale Adeleke, IUCN project coordinator in Ghana.

Click at right to

  • View a draft map of Ghana's forest reserves and their health.
  • Read our short report on Mapping the Health of Ghana's Forest Reserves. 

Below you will find a short news story on this effort.