The Forestry Commission (FC) is a public service institution, set up subject to the provisions of the 1992 Constitution. The Forestry Commission was re-established by Act 571 of 1999 in order to bring under the Commission the main public bodies and agencies implementing the functions of protection, development, management and regulation of forests and wildlife resources and to provide for related matters.
“To be the corporate body of excellence in the sustainable development and management of Ghana’s forest and wildlife resources”
To provide services that guarantee the conservation, sustainable management and development of Ghana’s forests and wildlife resources for the maintenance of environmental quality and to optimize their contribution to national socio-economic development for the benefit of all segments of society”
Active promotion of stakeholder involvement in the sustainable management and development of national forest and wildlife resources; integration of the various Divisions and the Secretariat to work as a single integrated entity with a shared vision and mission building; and developing and maintaining a team of able, well-equipped and highly-motivated staff to run the Forestry Commission and utilization of optimal technology to deliver stokehold-focused services.
The Forestry Commission is expected to implement strategic objectives in the major areas of responsibility as mandated by the Act 571 of 1999, namely:
• Regulating the utilization of forest and wildlife resources;
• Managing the nation’s forest reserves and protected areas;
• Assisting the private sector and other bodies with the implementation of forest and wildlife policies;
• Undertaking the development of forest plantations for the restoration of degraded forest areas;
• Expanding the country’s forest cover;
• Increasing the production of industrial timber and undertaking research into forest and wildlife resources for the development of the sector.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE FORESTRY COMMISSION
Programs and Projects under FC
Forest Investment Programme (FIP) - This is aimed at addressing the drivers of deforestation and promoting trees on farms and cocoa landscapes. This is being financed under the Climate Investments Funds of the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
National Forest Plantation Development Programme (this is aimed at restoring degraded landscapes through massive tree planting programmes across the country, increase food production, create jobs for the youth in the rural areas and improving environmental quality)
Natural Resources and Environmental Governance Programme (NREG) - this is aimed at improving forest and environmental governance to ensure sustainability of the natural resources including forest, wildlife and mineral resources.
Promotion of Eco-tourism (Achimota Eco-park and Shai-hills) - this is aimed at diversifying revenue sources for the forestry sector and avoiding over reliance on timber revenues as the major source of finances.
REDD+ Project - This means Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. It aims basically at addressing the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. It is being financed through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank.
Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) - This aims at ensuring that only legally produced timber is exported to the European Union (EU) or sold in the domestic market.
Bamboo and Rattan Development Project (BARADEP) -This programme aims at promoting the use of Bamboo and Rattan as alternative raw material to timber. It also aims at creating jobs for the youth and landscape restoration through bamboo.
Protection of Atewa Range Forest Reserve as a critical watershed eco-system - This is aimed at protecting the Atewa Range Forest Reserve from further encroachment. This reserve is currently designated as a Globally Significant Biodiversity Area (GSBA) and is the source of river Densu, Ayensu and Birim which provide the main sources of water to the city of Accra.