As part of activities towards the celebration of the International Year of Forests 2011, a one-day symposium took place in Accra, on 4th August 2011. The symposium, dubbed ‘Securing Land/Tree Tenure Rights and Benefit Sharing Towards REDD Implementation in Ghana’, was an initiative of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, with facilitation support from The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP).
The seminar brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders from all the ten regions of the country, representing government, civil society, private sector, traditional authorities, communities and development partners. It provided a good platform for discussion on the challenges with regards to the current land and tree tenure regimes in Ghana and their implications for benefit sharing and REDD-plus implementation. Key recommendations and options for overcoming these challenges were identified after deliberations on issues from different stakeholder perspectives such as government, civil society, legal, traditional/cultural, private sector and gender.
The event was honoured with the presence of the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Hon. Henry Ford Kamel and was chaired by Stewart Maginnis, Director of Environment and Development Group at IUCN. Gretchen Walters, PACO Regional Coordinator for the Forest Programme at IUCN was also in Accra to offer her support. For more information contact Saadia Bobtoya, the IUCN REDD Project Officer in Ghana at Saadia.Bobtoya@iucn.org