Ghana’s Forest Compliance Service for Export Commodities
By the Ghana Forestry Commission, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and powered by Ecometrica
Pilot Phase Now Open
In response to market requirements for assurance that products exported from Ghana are not linked to deforestation, the Ghana Forestry Commission is now piloting an official compliance service for Ghana’s agricultural and extractive commodities.
The service uses the up to date nationally approved forest and land use map and legal boundary information developed by the Forestry Commission’s Resource Management Support Centre (RMSC) to provide farm level assurance on compliance with zero deforestation commodity production, for any farm or production area within Ghana.
An Innovative and Cost Effective Solution
The Ghana Forest Compliance Service by the Ghana Forestry Commission, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Ecometrica
Once registered on the system supply chains can be monitored and provided with an annual compliance report. The system is designed to support the monitoring of large numbers of farms at low cost. Reports are generated using authoritative data from the Forestry Commission covering areas such as:
Forest cover change
Proximity to protected areas
The service is open to all companies who are exporting commodities - whether crops, timber or minerals, and who are interested in providing assurance on zero deforestation to end markets, and reports will align with Cocoa and Forest Initiative reporting requirements. Interested companies are invited to register their interest and participate in the pilot
"The Forestry Commission of Ghana and our partner agencies will now be in a much stronger position to determine progress towards the Cocoa & Forests Initiative objectives and other international commitments and initiatives.”