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The Timberizations of the forestry sector, slash and burn agricultural practices, population expansion, mining, particularly surface mining and some unfavourable policy environment for off-reserve forest management have in contemporary times become the major drivers of deforestation.

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The Forest Investment Program (FIP) finances three inter-related projects in Ghana, implemented  by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Finance  Corporation(WBG). The overall goal of FIP-financed activities in Ghana is to reduce GHG emissions fromdeforestation and forest degradation, while reducing poverty and conserving biodiversity.

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This Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) is prepared to contribute to the smooth implementation of the REDD+ strategies by providing guidelines to mitigate all anticipated adverse impacts during the planning and implementation of the various sub projects under the strategic interventions.

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In order to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), Ghana has adopted a number of strategic actions. The country initiated the development of a national strategy on REDD+, which was one of the first in the African region and a Readiness Preparatory Proposal (R-PP) was approved in March, 2010.

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This document is the final report containing the legislative proposals for the implementation of the 2012 Forest and Wildlife Policy. This assignment was undertaken pursuant to the contract signed on the 16th of December 2015 between the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources and Clement Kojo Akapame.

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The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR), has overall responsibility for the forest sector planning and policy direction and for monitoring sector programs towards the attainment of the national goals. The ministry is thus responsible for the management of Ghana's land, forests, wildlife and mineral resources.

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The Forest Investment Program (FIP) finances three inter-related projects in Ghana, implemented by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The overall goal of FIP-financed activities in Ghana is to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, while reducing poverty and conserving biodiversity.

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The Forest Investment Program finances three inter-related projects in Ghana, implemented by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Finance Corporation (WBG). The overall goal of these FIP-financed activities in Ghana is to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, while reducing poverty and conserving biodiversity.

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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) is a proposed global mechanism to mitigate climate change, while mobilizing financial resources for socio- economic development in forest countries. The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), facilitated by the World Bank, brings together 50 donor and forest country participants with the aim of supporting the forest countries in the preparation and subsequent implementation of their REDD+ Strategies.

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Ghana's landscapes provide a tremendous wealth of natural resources including oil and gas, gold, forests and fish. These natural endowments have driven sustained economic growth and poverty reduction and are expected to do so in the near future.

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