Ghana signs letter of intent with US-based organization to address climate issues

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor

The government has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with an American non-profit organization, Emergent, to help the country face climate challenges.

The deal was disclosed by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor during an event at the Scottish Event Center in Accra on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

“Earlier this morning, I signed a Letter of Intent (LOI), on behalf of the Government of Ghana, with Emergent, a US-based non-profit organization, as part of the Coalition to Reduce Emissions by Accelerating Forestry Financing (LEAF),” said the Minister. .

The event, titled “Beyond the Rhetoric – Showcasing Ghana’s Forest Sector Climate Solutions”, aimed to showcase the steps Ghana has taken so far to address climate challenges.

According to the minister, the letter of intent was signed under the Coalition for Reducing Emissions by Accelerating Forestry Finance (LEAF) and would give Ghana the opportunity to enter into a purchase agreement with members of the coalition LEAF for REDD+ results-based payments.

Delivering a speech at an event organized by the Forestry Commission on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor revealed that the agreement will motivate the country to take further collective action to address climate challenges.

“Ghana believes that the LEAF Coalition initiative demonstrates its ambition to deliver nearly equivalent financial value for carbon emission reductions at ten US dollars (US$10) per tonne to encourage further collective ambition to make in the face of the climate emergency as a matter of urgency,” he revealed.

Apart from the letter of intent signed by the government, Jinapor also noted that the ministry has developed separate programs to ensure the reduction of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

“We have developed and are implementing two programs, namely; the Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Program (GCFRP) and the Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project (GSLERP), to ensure emission reductions in Ghana’s main commodity supply chains (cocoa in the South and shea in the North) , to secure both carbon and carbon and improve the livelihoods of farmers, women’s groups and forest users in general,” he said.

The Minister also reiterated the government’s commitment to the Joint Framework of Action (JFA) signed in 2017 between Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and 36 other cocoa and chocolate producing companies to halt deforestation and land degradation. forests due to cocoa production.

Earlier this year, the government declared June 11 Ghana Green Day for the planting of trees across the country. This year, the president has led Ghanaians to plant 7,000,000 trees across the country, although the target is 5,000,000.

Mr Jinapor said the government’s target is to plant at least 20,000,000 trees for Ghana’s Green Day next year.

“Our target for Green Ghana Day 2022 is to plant at least twenty million trees, and I am confident that with the measures we are putting in place, we will exceed this target as well. Through the Green Ghana project, we will inculcate the culture of tree planting in our people and make planting a part of their daily lives,” he said.

The government, as part of the efforts to combat climate change, has implemented a number of measures to facilitate the solution to address the problem.

Measurements include; Forest Investment Program (FIP) to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in high forests and transition zones, the National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Program (NAELP) to create alternative jobs for artisanal miners and the Green Ghana Project.

Teresa H. Sadler