Africa forest cover accounts for 23 percent of its planned area. Africa is also home to the largest proportion of forest dependent subsistence households globally with more than half of the continent population relying directly or indirectly on the forests for livelihoods.
Ines Angulo the Forest investments program coordinator at the climate investment funds says Africa is the continent with the highest annual rate net forest loss at 3.9M hectares in the last decade. The forest loss has been increasing steadily since 1990. How is the Forest Investment Project working with African countries to manage forest loss and provide suitable livelihoods to communities dependent on them?
Now, In Ghana, the Global forest watch indicates that Ghana’s forests once covered a third of its 24-million-hectare landmass. In2020, the country lost136khaof natural forest, equivalent toover 30 million tonsof CO₂ emissions. The forest investment program Ghana has been working with local communities and stakeholders to reduce deforestation while ensuring forest dependent communities benefits from the natural resource.
Later on the show, Valerie Fumey Nassah, the manager for the plantation’s unit at the forestry Commission of Ghana tells us more about the project achievements and lessons learnt.