Finding Common Cause in Climate Smart Cocoa through the ‘Enhancing Natural Forest and Agro-Forest Landscape Project (ENFALP)’ In Ghana
The Enhancing Natural Forest and Agro-Forest Landscape Project (ENFALP) aims to improve forest and tree management practices among key forest stakeholders to reduce forest loss and degradation in selected landscapes in Ghana’s high forest zone. It is a core cocoa production area with significant forest degradation. The Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MLNR), along with the Cocoa State Company (COCOBOD) and the Forestry Commission are the primary implementers of this five-year project, supported by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), under the Forest Investment Program (FIP), and the World Bank. Approved in February 2015 and scheduled to conclude in June 2020, the project includes a grant of USD 29.5 million, in addition to a USD 3 million Government of Ghana contribution, for a total budget of USD 32.5 million. FIP-supported activities in Ghana aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, while reducing poverty and conserving biodiversity. The project aims to foster cooperation among MLNR, the Forestry Commission, and COCOBOD to improve policy implementation, management practices, capacity building, and communication. It also is working to pilot community-based planning and management, as well as testing alternative models for devolving rights and responsibilities to communities and farmers.