World Bank to Fight Deforestation/Degradation with $5.5 Million West Africa Grant

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The World Bank through a grant agreement with Solidaridad West Africa for Natural Resources Management is supporting 53 selected communities in the Brong-Ahafo and Western Regions (Provinces) of Ghana to fight deforestation and land degradation.

Under the agreement, the World Bank is providing a sum of 5.5 million United States Dollars (USD) grant of the Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Local Communities project (G-DGM) from Climate Investment Fund (CIF) partnership.

The fund is to be used to strengthen their knowledge and practices towards reducing deforestation and improving the sustainable management of their activities.

The grant will contribute towards helping the communities better understand REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from deforestation and Forest degradation plus conservation of Forest, Sustainable Forest management and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks).

The G-DGM will also enable targeted communities to share their knowledge and farm level practices and lessons learned with others at community, national and international levels; thus making them more resilient to man-made pressures and climate change.

The grant will finance capacity building and demand-driven grants to local communities, and community-based organizations of the targeted communities. This is expected to assist Ghana to sustain economic growth, accelerate poverty reduction and enhance shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. Synergies will also be fostered with two other ongoing projects, the Forest Investment Program (FIP), which also operates in these two regions and is linked to this project, and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) project.

“This project contributes to the World Bank Group Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Ghana and addresses climate change issues through support for REDD+ and other programs related to water management and land degradation,” said World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Henry Kerali. “The World Bank is pleased to partner with Solidaridad West Africa on an initiative that is community-centered and improves livelihoods.

The G-DGM is a key piece in the implementation of the World Bank’s Integrated Forests and Landscape Portfolio, a diverse portfolio comprising several operations (with different sources of financing, including IDA and trust funds).

The project is supported by a variety of sources, including a single-country Multi-Donor Trust Fund established in 2009 under the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) partnership to provide fast-track climate financing to reduce deforestation and degradation.

The project will be managed by a National Steering Committee comprised of representatives of the local communities as well as observers from Government and non-governmental agencies. Solidaridad West Africa will be the implementing agency on behalf of the National Steering Committee.

“The communities have been waiting for this day of signing for a long time and are ever ready to work with Solidaridad West Africa through the Dedicated Grant Mechanism to promote sustainable management of forests and natural resources in their communities,” said Chair of the National Steering Committee, Hayford Duodo.

The project is consistent with and aligned to the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II (GSGDA II) 2014–2017, which among others seeks to support growth and restore macroeconomic stability and accelerate agricultural modernization and natural resource management.

The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives.

The IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa.

Resources from IDA bring positive change to the 1.3 billion people who live in IDA countries and has since 1960 supported development work in 112 countries.

Annual commitments have averaged about 19 billion USD over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.

Source: NewsGhana


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