Focus: Evaluating and communicating progress at the landscape level toward ambitious REDD+ and Cocoa and Forest Initiative commitments
Region: Juabeso Bia and Kakum Hotspot Intervention Areas
Stakeholders: Cocoa producers, companies, and government
Partners: Nature Conservation Resource Centre (NCRC)
Ghana is the world’s second-largest producer of cocoa. However, current cocoa production practices requiring large tracts of land, contribute to a 3.2% rate of deforestation in Ghana’s tropical high forests.
This growing trend threatens biodiversity (in one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots), increases GHG emissions, and puts cocoa production at risk by degrading the ecosystem that supports it, thereby jeopardizing the livelihoods of the farmers and forest-users who depend on it.
In the cocoa-producing landscapes, Juabeso-Bia and Kakum, LandScale is being used to assess whether public and private investments, strategies, and field activities are effectively addressing challenges such as ending deforestation, restoring forest areas, and ensuring producers can thrive.
LandScale provides a way for the government and companies to evaluate and demonstrate progress towards their ambitious Cocoa and Forest Initiative commitments.Learn More