Implementation of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests in Ghana




Implementing the Forest Instrument: An Approach Developed in Ghana

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In May 2007, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) adopted a non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests (NLBI), also commonly known as the "Forest Instrument". This significant international consensus was reached to boost sustainable forest management (SFM), and thus to maintain and enhance the economic, social and environmental values of all types of forests, for the benefit of present and future generations.







Implementation of the Forest Instrument will help reduce deforestation and forest degradation, which are major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. It will therefore contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change and to implementing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Countries’ efforts to combat deforestation and forest degradation, and to achieve sustainable forest management, require a strong policy and institutional capacity. The Forest Instrument provides a framework for this.

In 2008 Ghana became as the first country to systematically implement the Forest Instrument, with technical support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The 24 policies and measures agreed in the Forest Instrument that are to be implemented at national level represent a wide range of actions the forest sector of a given country should undertake to achieve sustainable forest management. Most countries are already implementing at least some of these policies and measures at various levels and with varying degrees of success. However, most forestry stakeholders are unaware of the existence of the Forest Instrument and of the potential contributions of their ongoing activities to its implementation. Read more............

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Implementing the Forest Instrument: An Approach Developed in Ghana


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United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)

Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)

Ghana Forestry Commission





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