The Ghana Gender and REDD-plus Road Map which was developed through a series of stakeholder engagements in late 2011, as part of IUCN’s ongoing DANIDA funded Pro-Poor REDD project, has been officially launched in Accra. The road map was launched by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) on behalf of the Honourable Minister, and took place at the Alisa Hotel, Accra on 13th November, 2012.
It brought together a broad range of stakeholders from across the country including representatives from government ministries, departments and agencies; traditional authorities and communities; civil society organisations including NGOs; the private sector, development partners/donors and the media. The Regional Director for the West and Central African (PACO) Regional Programme, Prof. Aimé Nianogo was in Accra to support the Launch. The event was ably chaired by Mr. Musah Abu-Juam, the Technical Director at the MLNR.
The Gender and REDD+ Road Map has been recognised by stakeholders and Government of Ghana as a timely and important working document which will provide the needed framework for guiding and ensuring that gender considerations are mainstreamed into the Ghana REDD readiness and implementation process.
This initiative was a collaborative effort between the Forestry Commission, IUCN, and The Participatory Development Associates (PDA). The Ghana IUCN Team and partners express their sincere appreciation to the IUCN Global Gender Office and the IUCN West and Central African Regional Programme (PACO), particularly the Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management Initiative (PREMI) for their tremendous and timely financial assistance towards the organization of the launch of the Road Map.
For more information, please contact Saadia Bobtoya, IUCN Ghana REDD Project Officer at Saadia.Bobtoya@iucn.org