The COP26, held in Glasgow, brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Ghana’s “BEYOND THE TALK” event at Ghana’s pavilion engaged the global community to gain deeper insights and increased understanding about Ghana’s REDD+ processes, mitigation and adaptation interventions and to create a platform for Impact Investment.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, in an opening statement challenged the world leaders to go “beyond the talk” and act to halt climate change. Mr. John M. Allotey, The Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission stated that, “The REDD+ journey has not been an easy one. The achievements so far show clearly the determination and focus on the goal. Ghana hopes to reach even higher with the implementation of REDD+”. Ms. Janet Rogan, UK COP26 Regional Ambassador for Africa and the Middle East, in her closing statement underlined the importance of protecting forest to save the climate.
The panelists of this event were Sanjay Srivastava (World Bank Representative); Dr. Emmanuel Opoku (Deputy Chief Executive, Cocobod); Aaron Adu (Managing Director, Global Shea Alliance); Abraham Baffoe (Africa Regional Director, Proforest); and Mercy Owusu Ansah (Director, Tropenbos Ghana).
The event highlighted the REDD+ Journey in Ghana, Private Sector Engagement, Landscape Management and Investment Planning, Multistakeholder Forest Governance & Livelihoods, Strategic Development Partnerships, and Cross-Sectoral Policy Coordination.