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Over 52 selected local communities in the Brong-Ahafo and Western Regions are to benefit from a $5.5 million Ghana Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Local Communities project (G-DGM).

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deforestation

The fund is to strengthen their knowledge and practices towards reducing deforestation and improving the sustainable management of their activities.

A statement from the World Bank said the project would contribute towards helping the communities to better understand REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from deforestation and Forest degradation plus conservation of Forest, Sustainable Forest management and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks).

The G-DGM project would also enable targeted communities to share their knowledge and farm level practices and lessons learnt with others, at community, national and international levels; thus making them more resilient to man-made pressures and climate change.

The project would finance capacity building and demand-driven grants to local communities, and community based organisations of the targeted communities.

This would assist Ghana to sustain economic growth, accelerate poverty reduction and enhance shared prosperity in a sustainable manner.

Synergies would also be fostered with two other ongoing projects, the Forest Investment Programme (FIP), which also operates in these two regions and is linked to this project, and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) project.

“This project contributes to the World Bank Group Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Ghana and addresses climate change issues through support for REDD+ and other programmes related to water management and land degradation,” said World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Henry Kerali.

The G-DGM is a key piece in the implementation of the World Bank’s Integrated Forests and Landscape Portfolio, a diverse portfolio comprising several operations (with different sources of financing, including IDA and trust funds).

The project is supported by a variety of sources, including a single-country Multi-Donor Trust Fund established in 2009 under the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) partnership to provide fast-track climate financing to reduce deforestation and degradation.

The project would be managed by a National Steering Committee comprised of representatives of the local communities as well as observers from Government and non-governmental agencies.

Solidaridad West Africa would be the implementing agency on behalf of the National Steering Committee.

The project is consistent with and aligned to the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II (GSGDA II) 2014–2017, which among others seeks to support growth and restore macroeconomic stability and accelerate agricultural modernisation and natural resource management.

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