The Government of Ghana is implementing two major interventions to urgently respond to the effects of climate change.
These are the Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Programme (GCFRP) in cocoa forest land scape, mainly in the southern part of the country and The Ghana Shea Lands Scape Emission Reduction Programme in the Northern Savannah zones of Ghana.
Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Hon Samuel A. Jinapor stated this at the opening of 12th Bosphorus Summit, in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday 6th December, 2021.
These programmes, the Minister said will enhance the ecosystem whiles improving Livelihood opportunities for farmers, women groups and Forest users in general.
Hon. Jinapor said in line with the vision of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the country on June 11th 2021, successful planted 7 million seedlings nationwide under the flagship Green Ghana initiative.
He also stated that a robust Afforestation Programme which seeks to restore degraded land scapes across all ecological zones and inculcate the culture of tree planting among the Ghanaian Youth will be rolled out soon as part of government’s Master Plan on Land scape restoration.
The Minister also called on various countries, institutions and the private sector actors to partner Ghana and exchange the rich experience and best practices in land scape restoration among others.
Hon. Jinapor further urged participants at the Summit and the International Community to deliberate on the effects of Climate Change on the ecosystem which links forest and sustainable Livelihoods.
He said ” Let us invest in technology and science that prevents impact of climate change on the Livelihoods of the people we lead”.
The Minister was of the view that ” We can only achieve our aim if global climate actions are real and verifiable, and this we must do, by embracing real and verifiable emissions reduction initiatives”.
On his part, the Chairman of the International Cooperation Platform (ICP) Mr. Rona Yircali said the time has come for the International Community to reaffirm their commitment towards the enhancement of the environment.
He hoped discussions at the Summit including Climate Change and the importance of Agriculture will help to make the world a better place.
The 12th Bosphorus Summit hosted by Turkey’s Commercial Capital Istanbul, featured the participation of Ministers of State, Diplomats, experts and Academics from Ghana, Angola, Jordan, Turkey, Kosovan, Palestine, Denmark, Belgium, UK, USA , Norway, Azerbaijan and many other countries worldwide.
Other discussions centered on cyber security, artificial intelligence, conflict resolution, transport and Industrialisation.