District Level Stakeholder Meeting at Juaboso and Atwima Mponua for MoCCPA Project

District Level Stakeholder Meeting at Juaboso and Atwima Mponua for MoCCPA Project EcoCare Ghana held a district level stakeholder meeting for stakeholders in juaboso and Atwima Nponua district to discuss the Monitoring cocoa and forest initiative commitments through participatory approach (MoCCPA) project.The juaboso meeting was held in the district hospital conference room and the Atwima Nponua meeting was held in the district assembly hall. The meeting was attended by members of forestry commission, cocobod, farmers, chiefs, opinion leaders, licensed buying companies, media just to mention a few.The meeting was organized to build capacity, educate participants and discuss the MoCCPA project and to find out how all relevant stakeholders can contribute to its success in selected districts. Prior to the meeting, a visit was made by EcoCare team to selected farming communities within the juaboso and Atwima Nponua district to inform the community about MoCCPA project and invite two (2) members from each community to participate in the meeting.The lead campaigner for EcoCare Ghana Mr Obed Addai in his presentation in both meetings took participants through the history and inception of cocoa and forest initiative (CFI) and how it lead to the creation of the MoCCPA project. He explained to participants…

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Observation Made During the Field Visit for CFI

Observation Made During the Field Visit for CFI Cocoa is the backbone of Ghana’s economy for a very long time. Cocoa contributes significantly to Ghana’s gross domestic product (GDP) and also a source of livelihood for cocoa farmers. Cocoa is also a driving force of deforestation. The Ghana National REDD+ Strategy identifies agricultural expansion to be responsible for fifty percent (50%) of deforestation, with cocoa as a major contributor.The World Cocoa Foundation and the Sustainable Trade Initiative in collaboration with the Internation­al Sustainability Unit of the Office of the Prince of Wales have partnered with governments of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire and private cocoa companies to initiate the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI). The CFI aims at providing the enabling environment for the cocoa sector players to positively contribute to the preservation of forests in Ghana and the coun­try’s economy.EcoCare Ghana took it upon itself to monitor the CFI commitments made by government and private cocoa companies in landscape levels using participatory approach. This lead to the creation of the MoCCPA project. The monitoring is taking place in two (2) out of the seven (7) Hot Spot Intervention Areas (HIA) in Ghana namely, Juaboso and Atwima Nponua respectively. EcoCare Ghana…

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Ecocare Ghana Trains Twenty-eight (28) Community Monitors

Ecocare Ghana Trains 28 Community Monitors One major stakeholder that can contribute immensely to monitoring activities at the landscape level are the members of the community. As part of forest and community governance, it is the community members themselves who serve as the grass-root stakeholders who benefit or suffer from policies, commitments, national and international action plans etc.Over the past year’s community members have been left out of monitoring, policy formulation and governance of the forest due to low capacity and knowledge in forest governance. However, they can be very effective if their capacity is built in forest policies and governance through training and technological knowhow to aid them in detecting forest illegalities and monitoring policies at the landscape level.EcoCare Ghana through their MoCCPA project seeks to monitor the commitments made by government and the private companies in cocoa and forest initiative (CFI). Government and the private companies made about 8 core commitments under the CFI and in order to properly and effectively monitor the commitments, EcoCare Ghana picked 2 community monitors each from 14 project communities from 2 districts namely Atwema Mponua and Juaboso districts.The community monitors chosen were housed and trained on how to use a mobile device…

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Ecocare Ghana has trained selected Journalists to report on CFI implementation in Ghana

Media Training for Journalist on Cocoa and Forest Initiative (CFI) EcoCare Ghana has organized a training program for a cross section of media persons in Accra. The training program was held at Erata Hotel on Thursday 18th July 2019. The training program was organized to inform and build the capacity of Media persons to take active part in the monitoring process of the cocoa and forest initiative because the media is a key stakeholder in the monitoring and implementation process. As part of EcoCare Ghana’s project, which is monitoring the cocoa and forest initiative commitments through participatory approaches (MoCCPA project), it was essential for the media to be trained and their capacity built in order for them to take active part in the implementation and monitoring process. The project which is financed by Rainforest Alliance/UTZ through their sector partnership (SP) program. The program was attended by a cross section of journalist from all media circles like Print, Radio, TV Stations, Online Media and Freelancers. The resource persons for the meeting were Mr Vincent Awotwe-Pratt who is the programs manager on Cocoa and Forest Initiative at the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), Mrs Glowen Kyei Mensah who is also the programs manager…

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Civil Society Organisations Match to Present Petition to Stop the Mining of Atewa

Civil Society Organisations Match To Present Petition To Stop The Mining Of Atewa A group of civil society organizations matched in the streets of Accra to protest and present a petition to parliament against the mining of bauxite in the Atewa Forest reserve. The civil society organizations together with some celebrities and members of the general public, took to the streets of Accra to peacefully protest in a match to voice out their displeasure about government’s intention to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest reserve for commercial purposes.The coalition says mining of bauxite in commercial quantities could have harmful consequences on the forest reserve and the communities surrounding the reserve. According to the group, the Atewa forest reserve serves as home to some endangered wildlife species, tree species, medicinal plants and also as a source for very important rivers across the country.The communications person for the coalition, Mr Obed Addai from EcoCare Ghana, addressed the protesters before they started the match. He advised participants about the reason for the match, which rout they are using, no use of violent and strong words, no littering and stated emphatically that it is a peaceful match to exhibit a displeasure about government’s decision…

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Monitoring the Cocoa and Forest Initiative Commitments Through Participatory Approach Project (MoCCPA)

Monitoring The Cocoa And Forest Initiative Commitments Through Participatory Approach Project (MoCCPA) On the 21st of February 2019, EcoCare Ghana launched its Monitoring of the Cocoa and forest initiative Commitments through Participatory Approaches (MoCCPA) project at Erata Hotel in Accra.The cocoa and forest initiative came about when governments of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire together with over twenty-seven (27) cocoa and chocolate companies committed to work together to end deforestation and promote forest protection and restoration in the cocoa supply chain. To achieve this hefty ambition, the Cocoa and Forest Initiative (CFI) was initiated under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Whales in 2017. The CFI process has become the main medium through which private-sector and government are collaborating to achieve the commitments in the Joint Framework of Action, and is facilitated by Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). This project is therefore aimed at supporting the CFI process in Ghana through two (2) main approaches – 1) Mobilizing civil society and farming communities to actively participate in CFI implementation at national and landscape level; and 2) Working with other partners to monitor implementation of CFI commitments both at national and landscape level.The inception meeting was utilizeed to:…

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Community Engagement for the MoCCPA Project Implementation

Community Enegagement for the MoCCPA Project Implementation As part of the MoCCPA project implementation process, community engagement is a vital. Selected communities undergoing the MoCCPA project get the opportunity to learn, interact and ask questions concerning the project and CFI as well. For this reason, all fourteen communities selected from the two (2) Hot Spot Intervention Areas (HIA) were visited. Seven (7) communities in Juaboso and seven Atwima Mponua HIA. The motive behind the visit was to meet the whole or a great number of the community members, introduce the CFI and the MoCCPA project to them, sensitize the about its importance, necessities, contributions and what should be expected from the community. Communities within juaboso was first visited and those in Atwima Mponuah followed. The visits were done in the mornings and evenings. This strategic move was adopted because all the communities are farming communities and are always engaged during the day on their farms. We decided to visit some communities very early in the morning before they set off to their various farm and others to visit them late afternoon when they have returned from the farms. This was very helpful in getting the community members to partake in…

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Communicating FLEGT

Communicating FLEGT As Ghana gets closer to issuing 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. This is a major lesson drawn from the launch of FLEGT License in Indonesia. It is crucial that the added value and processes leading to the issuance of a license is strategically communicated to the consumer in Europe and elsewhere. It is therefore important to consider the messages that should be delivered and the engagement that should take place before, during and after the launch. This project therefore addresses the need for effective information sharing on Ghana’s FLEGT-VPA, which is a priority area for Ghana as the country gets closer to issuing FLEGT licenses. Over the past few months, the European Forest Institute (EFI) and FAO have supported trainings aimed at developing the capacity of key stakeholder to facilitate the implementation of Ghana’s FLEGT-VPA through coordinated messaging and information sharing. This project will continue and build on this foundation to fully operationalize key messages being developed to…

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District Level Involvement in CFI Implementation Through MoCCPA

District Level Involvement in CFI Implementation through MoCCPA A second level district stakeholders meeting has been organized by EcoCare Ghana for stakeholders in JUABOSO and ATWIMA NPONUA districts. The meeting was organized to bring together all relevant stakeholders        at the district level to discuss the MoCCPA project and the cocoa and forest initiative (CFI), dueling on what has been done so far by government and the chocolate companies, what else is left to be done and what stakeholders can contribute to the CFI implementation process. The meeting took place in two HIAs ie Juaboso and Atwema Nponua district. The meeting brought together district level stakeholders like Forestry Commission, CocoBod, License Buying Companies (LBC), Farmer Base Organizations (FBO), Opinion Leaders from communities, Cocoa Farmers and District Assembly members. Participants at these forums were updated on the MoCCPA project and the CFI implementation process. The forums were utilized to further create awareness on the commitments made by government and private sector (chocolates companies) in the cocoa and forest initiative (CFI) and the relevance of the CFI and what benefits it will render to cocoa farmers, cocoa buying companies and the entire nation as a whole. It was also used to garner…

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Baseline Study for MoCCPA

Baseline Study for MoCCPA Monitoring cocoa and forest initiative commitments through participatory approach (MoCCPA) project was launched by EcoCare Ghana to monitor the commitments made by government and some chocolate and cocoa companies in the world. The initiative seeks to end deforestation and promote forest protection and restoration in the cocoa supply chain. In order to achieve this task, Ecocare Ghana selected some areas in Ghana where the MoCCPA project will be implemented. These areas have been marked as HOT SPOT INTERVENTION areas by the REDD+ report. A visit was made to two (2) of the HIA for baseline study for the MoCCPA project. The areas which were selected after a scoping study and visited for the baseline data collection are Juaboso, and Atwima. The EcoCare team visited stakeholders in the selected HIA’s to formally introduce the project to them and seek their knowledge about the initiative as well as happenings in the sector within their localities. The stakeholders visited include; The governmental agencies (FC, MOFA and COCOBOARD) The non- governmental agencies (Rainforest Alliance) The licensed buying companies (Nyonkopa, Kuapa cocoa , Olam, Amanjaro, etc.) The cocoa producing communities (7 communities each fringing krokosua hills and Tano Offin forest reserves)…

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