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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

FAO, EU fight illegal logging in Ghana

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the European Union (EU) have collaborated with the government to fight illegal logging in Ghana. To this end, the EU is supporting the FAO African, Caribbean and Pacific, and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FAO ACP-FLEGT) support programme with 10,000 Euros to strengthen the capabilities of forest fringe communities in southern Ghana, to stop illegal logging, the FAO Representative in Ghana, Mr. Musa Saihou Mbenga has disclosed.

This project will be implemented by the Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG). The EU is also supporting the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) West Africa Forest Programme Office with another 10,000 Euros to implement facilitating compliance with FLEGT and Due Diligence Regulation in Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, he added. Speaking at the signing ceremony of the two new projects in Accra, Wednesday 13 July, Mr. Mbenga explained that the ACP FLEGT Support Programme is a four year initiative funded by the European Commission of the EU and implemented through FAO. […]

On his part, the Head of EU Delegation to Ghana, H.E Claude Maerten observed that Ghana was the first to sign the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU, stressing that it is therefore important for Ghana to ensure that its wood products exports to EU are certified. He, therefore, indicated that Ghana will not be allowed to export wood products into Europe, if it does not license before 2012. A representative of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources announced that government was proposing wood procurement policy to ensure that all the domestic wood products were being certified.

Source: Ghanaian Chronicle