Ghana Cocoa-Forest REDD+ Programme

Status of Accounts

Holding Account 0
Reversal Buffer Account 0
Uncertainty Buffer Account 0
Sold Account 0
Cancellations 0
Uncertainty Buffer Account 0

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Programme Description

Ghana has one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa at over 3%, and agriculture, led by cocoa farming expansion into forest areas and loss of shade trees, is the main driver of deforestation across the cocoa-forest mosaic landscape, which encompasses about 6 million hectares of the High Forest Zone. Ghana's economy and smallholder livelihoods are highly dependent on agricultural production and Ghana is the world's second largest producer of cocoa beans. However, climate change presents a major risk to the cocoa sector given its dependence on rainfall and forest ecosystem services. The Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Programme is the world's first commodity-based emission reductions programme. Using a climate-smart cocoa production strategy, the GCFRP aims to significantly reduce emissions driven by deforestation and forest degradation, while improving smallholder farmers' livelihoods through substantial yield increases and other benefit-sharing arrangements. The programme will also make Ghana's cocoa and forestry sectors more resilient, while establishing a new asset class and revenue stream from climate-smart cocoa beans, validated against a landscape standard. This unique and highly ambitious programme is being co-lead by the National REDD+ Sectretariat of the Forestry Commission and Ghana's Cocoa Board, with unprecedented support from the chocolate industry and companies along its value chain, as well as a strong commitment to support implementation from other government agencies and civil society partners.


HIA Name Description
Sefwi Wiawso/ Bibiani HIA Located in the Western North Region of Ghana. It has in place a consortium of partners(Forestry Commission and Ghana Cocoa Board,MMDA's, Private sector, CSO's , NGOs, Agric Department) and a landscape management board, consisting of reps from cluster communities in the landscape. Edit
Juaboso-Bia HIA Located in Western North Region in the Juaboso and Bia districts. It has in place, consortium partners made up od reps from government institutions(FC, COCOBOD), Hotspot Management Board, Sub-HIA Executive committees, CREMA and CRMC's. Edit
Kakum HIA located in the Central Region of Ghana. It has a project in place running which is known as Kakum Cocoa Agroforestry Project which is under the GCFRP. It has in place, consortium partners made up of reps from government institutions(FC, COCOBOD), District Assembly, Private Companies, Sub-HIA Executive committees, CREMA, and CRMC's. Edit
Asutifi/Asunafo HIA Located in the Ahafo region within the Asunafo and Asutifi district of Ghana. This is also being lead by the government of Ghana with close collaboration with private sectors; Mondelez Cocoa life (Ghana), UNDP, Proforest Ghana Edit
Atewa HIA Located in the Eastern Region within the Atewa, Denkyembour, and East Akim District of Ghana. Proposed Partners are Arocha Ghana, CIFOR (as part of heir on-going research on governance structures for smallholders in Cocoa) and Oil palm). Edit
Ahafo-Ano HIA Located in the Ahafo-Ano South, Atwima mponua & Atwima Nwabiagya districts in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Mondelez currently works only in the Atwima Mponua district with Olam as their partner. Solidaridad works in this HIA under CORIP. Consultancy procured to assist with the governance structure development. CRMCs developed and Zones established. Edit
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National Sub-Programme Ghana Cocoa-Forest REDD+ Programme
Acronym GCFRP
Reference Level Enhancements 139,172.00
Reference Level Degradation Emissions 17,506,267.00
Reference Level Deforestation Emissions 27,742,399.00
Uncertainty Deforestation (percent) 0.00
Uncertainty Degradation (percent) 15.00
Uncertainty Removals (percent) 15.00
Buffer Account Reversal (percent) 20.00
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