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FAO to support Ghana combat climate change

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has pledged to support Ghana to effectively manage its forest and combat climate change.

According to the Secretary to the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission of the FAO, Nora Berrahmouni, the FAO was determined to build the capacity of local communities on the know-how quality tree seedlings in order to help restore degraded forests in the country.

XXV IUFRO World Congress 2019: Call for Sessions is Open!

Deadline for proposals: 1 August 2018

The Congress Scientific Committee invites submission of session proposals for the 2019 IUFRO World Congress. In keeping with the spirit of the Congress title – Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development ‐ the Congress Scientific Committee is developing a program that will highlight the contributions that forest science is making to address the significant environmental, social and economic challenges facing our world. The Congress program will reflect the forest science community’s diverse contributions across the full range of natural and social science disciplines, with special emphasis on key issues and research areas identified in IUFRO’s 2015‐2019 Strategy (https://www.iufro.org/discover/strategy/)

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Addressing the Menace of Illegal Mining – Contribution of CSIR-FORIG

The boom in small scale mining operations, popularly known as ‘galamsey’, is fast becoming one of the major factors contributing to the rapid decline of forest resources in Ghana. Forests play important roles in the maintenance and provision of goods and services that are beneficial to all segments of society. As a natural resource pool, forests store and recycle nutrients, protect land and water resources, provide valuable genetic resources and habitats for wildlife. In Ghana, the forestry sector contributes about 2-3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), down from about 10% a decade ago (FDMP, 2016). Nonetheless, the forestry sector provides direct employment to over 100,000 Ghanaians and indirect employment to over 2.5 million people (GSS, 2014). In addition, timber exports earn the country about US$180 million per annum, which accounts for about 1.5% of total exports (FDMP, 2016). Despite these benefits derived from the forestry sector, forests in Ghana are under serious threat partly due to deforestation and forest degradation.

CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana supports land restoration

The Forestry Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-FORIG) has started a research programme to support the restoration, rehabilitation and protection of forests and water bodies destroyed by illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey. According to FORIG, the initiative follows a mandate from the government to work towards the rehabilitation of degraded mine sites in the country. The Director of CSIR-FORIG, Professor Daniel A. Ofori, told the Daily Graphic in Kumasi last Monday that it had the full complement of staff with excellent understanding of reclamation/rehabilitation and the necessary capacity for coordinating such an activity across the country. Prof. Ofori said the rate of deforestation and forest degradation in the country had arisen in recent years.

Allanblackia Seed Oil Enters Market

“Launch of the first spreadable margarine is a major milestone for this sustainable oil”

Allanblackia

After over a decade of research and work on the ground, allanblackia oil has made its introduction into the consumer market, and its success can benefit local communities, help restore degraded landscapes and conserve local biodiversity.

In February Unilever launched the first organic margarine with allanblackia oil on the market, under the brand Flora. It’s called Flora Ekologisk and can be found in store at Swedish retailers. This is the first consumer product to use allanblackia oil.

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