Building confidence of CSOs & NSAs to enforce forest laws

Ghana is recognized as one of the countries with beautifully crafted forest laws and legislation in Africa. However, ineffective forest law enforcement and the consequent non-compliance undermine the rule of law, reinforce forest level corruption and represent major threats to the forest ecosystems and the associated biodiversity in Ghana.

Ineffective forest law enforcement also threatens the livelihoods of local communities and undermines the efforts of both private and public sector organizations to develop sustainable approaches to forest management. However, it is acknowledged that civil society organizations and other non-state actors can play a critical role in ensuring effective forest law enforcement in Ghana.

The project ‘ Empowering civil society organization and other non-state actors to effectively contribute to forest law compliance in Ghana’’, therefore seeks to promote the expansion and diversification of international trade in tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested forests and to promote the sustainable management of tropical timber producing-forests.

As part of implementation for the project, a practical training model to equip civil society personnel to help address management challenges along the timber supply chain, non-compliance with laws and regulation and the complacency of forest law enforcement authorities was provided. This was in a form of a learning tour with members of various CSOs to the Asenyo forest reserve and Logs and Lumber Limited (LLL), a timber industry in Kumasi to have first-hand information about checks-and-balances along the supply chain and how timber is processed for export.

Check the following links;

Forum for Forest Governance Ghana (FFGG)’’  -  online community of practice for civil society and other non-state actors to share lessons and experiences on forest governance.

Video Documentary  on the level of illegal forest activities and actions that individuals and businesses can take to contribute to forest law compliance in Ghana.


Sponsor: International Tropical Timber Organisation  (ITTO)


Project duration: June 2013 – November 2014


©NDF/ CSOs in Group Discussion

©NDF/ CSOs Field Training

©NDF/ CSOs Tour Timber Industry (LLL)



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