FoE-Ghana has implemented projects in several of Ghana’s regions. We focus on deprived and marginalised rural communities characterised by poverty, food insecurity and lack of access to local resources and a fair share of environmental benefits. At the links below, you can read about the grassroots practical projects that FoE-Ghana is implementing to help local communities reduce their poverty, improve their environment, access natural resources to meet their basic needs, protect their forests, and bring about gender equity.

Forests and Biodiversity

forest_field1Our project entitled “Towards the Establishment of Baselines for VPA Impact Monitoring in Ghana” (EBIM), kindly funded by the EU FAO FLEGT Programme, has developed a set of indicators and a baseline against which future changes in forest governance can be measured. The report contains the baseline and indicators that civil society, the government and other stakeholders can use to monitor for changes towards good governance. Read more about the project and download the full report here

Coppon Akim Oda jan 06 018Strengthening Civil Society Informal and Private Sector Participation in Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (SciPFLEG) is a 3-year (2013 – 2016) project funded by the European Union and implemented by FoE-Ghana and the Working Group on Forest Certification Ghana. The expected impact is to improve forest governance by reducing illegal logging and other corrupt practices in the forestry sector. This will contribute towards the sustainable management of Ghana’s forests.  Read more

167Enforcement and Governance for Sustainable Forest Management (CiSoPFLEG) is a 3-year EU funded project to support progress with the Voluntary Partnership Agreements between the EU and partner countries towards implementation of the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan for improved the forest governance. Both Ghana and Cameroon have signed VPAs and are now developing systems to control, verify and license legal timber in the two countries. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Côte d’Ivoire are now at the negotiating stage. Read more

LB1Lake Bosumtwe. FoE-Ghana has completed two projects at Lake Bosumtwe supporting communities towards sustainable use and management of the lake, its resources and the surrounding lake basin. This has involved training school children in biodiversity assessment and monitoring, as well as awareness raising and training for communities in sustainable livelihood activities. Read more

DSCF0956Biodiversity Conservation and Community Ecotourism Development of the Tafi Atome Wildlife Sanctuary (2004-2006). The arrival of Christianity in Ghana began to erode traditional beliefs and customs that were protecting biodiversity, including the Mona monkeys of Tafi Atome. FoE-Ghana worked with the local communities to help reinforce protection of the monkeys as well as their habitat and the local biodiversity. Read more

Women’s Empowerment

DSCF4349Peaceful and Sustainable Development in the Northern Region. The Northern Region has suffered tribal conflicts, persistent poverty and out-migration of the youth. Following the Nanumba/Kokomba conflicts and the 2002 Dagbon Chieftaincy crisis in the north of Ghana, the area became more unstable and people were very wary of one another. Preparations for senior school exams were disrupted for many students and failure rates were high. Poverty and food insecurity were also high in the area, and economic opportunities were limited. Women’s participation in decision-making was minimal, and concern over the spread of HIV/AIDS was on the increase. This project sought to address these concerns. Read more

DSC01615 1Women and Youth Economic and Social Empowerment for Sustainable Development in the Volta Region of Ghana. FoE-Ghana collaborated with the Polish Green Network to address various problems including lack of income generating skills for women and girls, low awareness of HIV/AIDS and poor quality school facilities. The project also organised an awareness campaign in Poland about the project and the development needs of African countries. Read more

Woman farmer planting tree seedlingsCommunities and civil society empowerment for environmental governance in rural areas. Funded by the Commonwealth Foundation in the UK, this project is increasing women farmers’ capacities to advocate and lobby policy makers for participation in agricultural and environmental policy and decision making that will help them adapt to the environmental and climate change impacts they are experiencing. Read more

PICT0210Climate change adaptation, poverty & women subsistence farmers. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID), we are supporting around 1,000 women farmers to improve the sustainability of their farming systems and helping them adapt to climate change impacts. This will contribute to improving their farm productivity and also the food security of their families and communities. We are also providing communities with facilities such as water boreholes for potable water. Read more

Water and Sanitation 

Women sharing their experiences of accessing to water and sanitation and the problems they encounter

Funded by the EU, this project is empowering civil society, community based organisations (CBOs) and communities to demand accountability from their local government – the District Assemblies (DAs) – for meeting communities’ rights to basic services. Read more