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Creating an enabling environment for implementing of the VPA process

The sustainability of interventions will be achieved by ensuring that the established local level participation & capacity building platforms continue to operate in a replicable form and its benefits continue to be available without external support after the project.

Community level: the project will contribute to existing NGO interventions in community action planning and implementation of action plans that incorporate capacity building and information sharing on VAP/FLEGT and support community-based structures for decision-making with VPA/ FLEGT information.

Institutional frameworks: collaborate with Traditional Councils, whose jurisdictions go beyond single communities, to enable Traditional Area level capacity & knowledge on VPA/FLEGT; link community efforts to District Assemblies; share experiences, successes, and problems widely within districts and the region; work through a range of relationships at all levels of project implementation to enhance dissemination of 'best practices' and opportunities for replication by partners; document and share successes and best practices beyond targeted districts through linkage with other relevant networks nationally and internationally; using other institutions as collaborators to build local capacity; creating ownership of project objectives from onset by involvement of the main target groups; and supporting on-going local initiatives.

Industry level:responsible use of Ghana's timber resources through strict adaptation to legal and sustainable behavior will guarantee long term availability of timber and forest to protect businesses, jobs, reduction of poverty in rural communities. The project will also seek to develop specific measures to address gender concerns during implementation as well as ensure impact measurement of gender.