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TIDD AND FAO SIGNS MOU TO SUPPORT FLEGT IMPLEMENTATION
Posted: 07 Mar 2019

        

TIDD AND FAO SIGNS MOU TO SUPPORT FLEGT IMPLEMENTATION

The Timber Industry Development Division (TIDD) of the Forestry Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the latter’s office in Accra. Dr. Ben Nath Donkor, the Executive Director of TIDD, signed on behalf of Forestry Commission while Mr. Benjamin Adjei, Assistant FAO Representative (Programmes), signed on behalf of FAO.

The signing of the MOU followed the heels of a Letter of Agreement signed by the two bodies, in which the FAO committed to support a project titled “Enhancing Stakeholders interest in the Domestic Timber Trade Network (DOTTNET) Process to Meet the Demand and Supply of Legal Timber in the Domestic Market in Ghana”.

The FAO will provide Two Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 268,150.00) to support the project through a service provider.

The Letter of Agreement was birthed out of a situation where Forestry Commission wants Ghana’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to be an internationally accepted one. To ensure this, there was the need for a well-structured and regulated domestic market which will propel the development and growth of the timber industry in Ghana.

The Forestry Commission therefore, adopted the Domestic Timber Trade Network (DOTTNET) process which is part of interventions and initiatives of TIDD to effectively regulate and promote trade in legal timber on the domestic market.

The DOTTNET process will bring together all players in the domestic market supply chain which include loggers, millers and vendors to promote trade in legal timber which provides a platform for traceability of timber sources.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Ben Donkor said “TIDD welcomes the timely intervention by FAO to provide Two Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 268,150.00) to support the project through a service provider”.

Dr. Donkor mentioned limited access to legal raw materials, lack of adequate information on the principles of GhLAS among others, as some of the constraints that should be addressed before the full implementation of the DOTTNET process.

Mr. Ben Adjei of the FAO, expressed his delight to always work with Forestry Commission. He mentioned that there are a lot of projects that FAO and FC can do together to promote and suggested that the two bodies should plan a meeting solely for cross-fertilization of ideas, all in a bid to promote sustainable forest management.

He congratulated Dr. Ben Donkor and the TIDD on the good work done and expressed the optimism that the funding provided will help in a small way in the effective roll out of the FLEGT.  

                      

 

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