Climate Change is one of most dominant environmental challenges facing the world today. It is undermining development efforts the world over especially in Africa. Key sectors such as agriculture, water, energy, health and wildlife are very vulnerable. Developing countries are the most vulnerable to climate change due to their low adaptive capacity and dependence on natural resources sensitive to changes in climate. Studies have revealed significant changes in the weather conditions in Ghana over the last decades. Unresolved climate change impacts therefore present many challenges to Ghana more especially the rural communities who depend on natural resources for their livelihoods.
RSN’s climate change programmes aims to support the development and implementation of solutions aimed at combating the impacts of climate change. RSN’s approach encompasses the use of research and on-the-ground implementation that generate lessons that can feed into policy at the national level.
The emergence of REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and forest Degradation) as one of the pathways for addressing climate change has gained recognition both at the international and national levels. Ghana has received support from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) initiative of the World Bank to prepare for implementation of REDD+. As part of Ghana’s REDD readiness phase seven pilot project have been selected to provide lessons for Ghana’s REDD+ implementation.
The Kakum REDD+ project