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Improving Off-Reserve Logging (ORL) in Support of a Functional VPA in Ghana

The Sustainable Forest Management Partnership-Ghana (SFMP-G) is a Ghanaian registered non-profit association, made up of six organizations, namely National Working Group on Forest Certification (WG), Rural Development and Youth Association (RUDEYA), the Kumasi Wood Cluster Association (KWC), Agri-business in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP), Friends of the Earth – Ghana (FOE-G), and Wassa Amenfi Traditional Council (WATC).

SFMP-G mission is to promote sustainable forest management through partnerships, education, workable strategic management and policy implementation in Ghana. Its goal is to ensure that sustainably managed forest and wild life resources contribute to sustainable income generation, social and economic empowerment of forest-fringed communities, poverty reduction and maintenance of a healthy environment. The recognition of the rights of the poor and marginalized is at the heart of the partnership mission.

SFMP-G advocates for sustainable use of forests resources; engaging law and policy enforcement agencies in discourses on forest management practices; promotes education opportunities for forest-fringe communities (FFCs) and media practitioners on SFM; facilitates dialogue, collaboration and mutual accountability among all forest stakeholders; campaign for the production and utilization of timber and other forest products from sustainably managed forests and help FFCs to develop sustainable non-timber forest products (NTFP) value chains.

SFMP-G recently completed a three-year project funded by ICCO and Kerk in Actie of the Netherlands to promote good forest management practices and provide technical trainings to enhance local communities' access to information and their ability to negotiate , through their local social responsibility agreement committees (LSRACs).

SFMP-G has also been engaged in raising awareness of media personnel on sustainable forest management, Ghana's VPA/FLEGT and the EUTR, leading to increased broadcasting of these issues on the radio.