CSO’s DEVELOP COMMUNICATION STRATEGY FOR GHANA’S FLEGT VPA

CSO’s DEVELOP COMMUNICATION STRATEGY FOR GHANA’S FLEGT VPA EcoCare Ghana organized a communication working group meeting to discuss the communication strategy to be adopted by civil society when communicating Ghana’s FLEGT VPA. EcoCare launched the ATUMPAN project which seeks to effectively communicate the FLEGT VPA process, milestone and outcomes towards EU market actors and other stakeholders in preparation towards FLEFT license issuance.As part of the ATUMPAN project, a communication working group must be convened to discuss the communication strategy civil society will use in communicating Ghana’s FLEGT VPA process.A few selected civil society representatives participated in the meeting to discuss the agenda for the meeting. The meeting commenced around 9:30am prompt with a prayer and round the table self-introduction of participants.Mr. Samuel Mawutor started the meeting with an opening remarks and set the context for the meeting. He gave a brief presentation of the FLEGT-VPA process, how and where it started and where it is currently. He also stated that FLEGT was in its late stages for the license to be issued.Rossa from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO) which is the funding partner for the ATUMPAN project gave a short presentation at the meeting. She encouraged…

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ECOCARE AND PARTNERS MONITORS VISIT

ECOCARE AND PARTNERS MONITORS VISIT Ecocare Ghana team accompanied by the country Director for Rainforest Alliance/UTZ Mr. Kwame Osei visited some communities in the project areas (Adwumam, Nkwanta, Abrokofe, Seniegyakrom in the Western North region Juaboso district and Akantanso, Chirayaaso, Bofaaso in the Ashanti region Atwima mponua district). Rainforest Alliance/UTZ is the funding partner for the MoCCPA project. The purpose of the visit was to access the work done so far by the EcoCare Ghana on the MoCCPA project and how far the Cocoa and Forest Initiative implementation process is unfolding in the project communities. In each community visited, the community members gathered for discussions, Patience from EcoCare starts the conversations by asking the community members available about what they remember about the Cocoa and Forest Initiative and some of the commitments that were in the frame work of action. Community members were asked to share some implementations (or work) from the Cocoa and Forest Initiative which has been done so far after the MoCCPA project was initiated. AKANTANSO community spoke of some companies like OLAM, CARGILL, AGROECOM (LBC’s) coming to map their various farms, CODAPEC provided fertilizers for the farmers, tree seedlings offered to farmers to plant on their…

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3RD DISTRICT LEVEL STAKEHOLDERS MEETING FOR THE MoCCPA PROJECT

3RD DISTRICT LEVEL STAKEHOLDERS MEETING FOR THE MoCCPA PROJECT EcoCare Ghana team together with Henrietta from Rainforest Alliance/UTZ visited the MoCCPA project districts and communities to access how the MoCCPA project is going and what community members are doing to support the CFI and lastly how community monitors are monitoring the CFI commitments in their individual communities. The visits were followed up with a district level stakeholder’s engagement at JUABOSO and ATWEMA MPONUA districts. These districts are part of the Hot Spot Intervention Areas in Ghana where is mostly grown and is a great contributing factor to deforestation in Ghana. There are seven communities in each district where the MoCCPA project is been implemented by EcoCare Ghana. Each community was visited and a brief discussion went on about the CFI and how community monitors are working. In all, fourteen communities were visited and each community shared their observation, experience and expectation about the CFI. EcoCare team together with Henrietta from RA/UTZ took turns to further educate community members present about the CFI, the need to protect the forest reserve, effects of deforestation etc. community monitors were also asked about the monitoring work. They shared their experience, observations and challenges with…

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ECOCARE GHANA LAUNCHES ATUMPAN PROJECT TO COMMUNICATE FLEGT

Ecocare Ghana Launches Atumpan Project to Communicate FLEGT EcoCare Ghana on Thursday 17th October launched the Atumpan projet (communicating FLEGT) at the Forestry Commission Auditorium. The purpose of the project is to effectively communicate Ghana’s FLEGT-VPA processes, milestones and outcomes towards EU market actors and other stakeholder, in preparation towards FLEGT licensing. The project is being funded by FAO-EU-FLEGT PROGRAMME (Food and Agricultural Organisation-European Union- Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade). The project is expected to last 12 months. The launch brought together stakeholders from government (FORESTRY COMMISSION), private sector (Timber Industry), civil society organizations and the media.   As Ghana gets closer to issuing Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licenses, it has been established that there is the need for strong and clear precursory information to the trade destinations, particularly the European Union, to be aware of the products that will be delivered and the national overarching system behind the issuance of FLEGT licenses. The Atumpan project therefore addresses the need for effective information sharing on Ghana’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreements (FLEGT-VPA), which is a priority area for Ghana as the country gets closer to issuing FLEGT licenses. The FAO-EU FLEGT…

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