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The REDD+ Government and Finance Integrity for Africa Project, has ended with limited capacity at the grassroot level being identified as a major gap that hindered the project.

Explaining this, in Accra on Tuesday, Mr Micheal H. Okai, the Project Coordinator said with the absence of capacity, it became difficult for community members to understand and link their livelihoods to climate change.

“This also made it impossible for community members to change their livelihoods to mitigate the effect of climate change,” Mr Okai stated at the REDD+ end of project and stakeholders meeting.

He therefore, advocated the trainings, group farming activities as well as better sensitisation measures to help address the challenge in the future.

Other challenges he noted were limited engagement with Parliament, no REDD+ pilot project, inadequate information on REDD+ and the linkages, inadequate multi-sectorial approach and language barriers to disseminate information about REDD+ change.

Going forward, Mr Okai called for collaboration among stakeholders, sustainability, awareness creation and linkages, anti-corruption frame and safeguard towards the REDD+ project.

The REDD+ Governance and Finance Integrity for Africa 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 that developing countries should be 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 being 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.

Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo, the Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), said the project achieved more than the target stakeholders set for themselves, 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. They called for the forum for a continuous engagement.
GNA/Newsgahana.com.gh

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