The REDD+ Government and Finance Integrity for Africa Project, has ended after three years of its implementation in the country.
The Project which was launched in Ghana on July 22, 2014 had the overall objective of improving anti-corruption policy and practice in REDD+ finance and governance in Ghana.
The basis behind REDD+ was to ensure that developing countries were financially compensated for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, the sustainable management of forest and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
The three-year project which was implemented in partnership with Transparency International Berlin, Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe and some outreach activities in central African Republic, Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo was funded by the European Union.
To strengthen citizen’s engagement to increase the demand for transparency, accountability in REDD+ governance and finance policy development and monitoring were among some of the problems the project sought to address.
At a closing out meeting in Accra, Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo, the Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative, said the project achieved more than the target stakeholders set for them and that formed the basis for the close-out meeting for ideas and successes achieved to be shared and plan for the future.
Some participants who spoke to the Ghana News Agency attributed some of the challenges of the project to slow coordination among Forestry Commission and REDD+ Coordinators who were not innovative enough for the project.