National Forest Plantation Development Programme: Independent Technical Assessment

Project Implementation Team:
K. Owusu-Afriyie, E.G. Foli, G. Ametsitsi, A. Duah-Gyamfi, S.Addo-Danso, E. Nutakor, B. Darko-Obiri, S. Adu-Bredu, S. B. Acquah, S. Akpalu, G. Djagbletey, J. Mensah, E. Obeng, C. Konto, S. Pentsil

Background
The new National Forest Plantation Development Programme (NFPDP) was launched in January 2010. It entailed nationwide establishment and maintenance of plantations in degraded forest reserves and outside forest reserves. In 2011, the MLNR engaged the services of independent verifiers to assess the performance of the programme after one year of implementation.

The assessment was aimed at ascertaining: total area established; seedling survival rates; general condition of the plantations; health and safety standards for the workforce, and other relevant activities towards meeting the overall objectives. CSIR-FORIG, as one of the independent verifiers, was tasked to carry out the technical assessment in four regions: Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West.

Aim and Objectives
The aim of the new NFPDP was to extend the existing plantation programmes to all regions of the country with the following objectives:

  • To generate employment in order to reduce rural poverty;
  • To restore the degraded forest cover of Ghana;
  • To improve environmental quality and provide an avenue for the country to tap benefits from emerging climate change markets for carbon sequestration;
  • To reduce the wood deficit situation in the country; and
  • To enhance the production of food crops to ensure food security.

Funding Agency:
Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources

Who We Are

Forestry Research Institute of Ghana is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It is located at Fumesua near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. It started as a research unit within the Forestry Department in 1962. It was fully established as a research institute and named FOREST PRODUCTS RESEARCH INSTITUTE (FPRI) under the then Ghana Academy of Sciences in 1964 and in 1968 placed under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

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