Reforestation of Degraded Forest Reserve Land in Ghana

Fostering the establishment of sustainably managed forest plantations

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Classified as degraded forest land by the UNFCCC and FAO, the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve (AHFR) is one of the oldest forests reserves to be gazetted in the country

It was formerly a productive reserve, covered with high, semi-deciduous forest.

Up until 2010, 33,7% of Ghana’s forest cover had already been lost due to the combined effects of over-logging, illegal farming and annual wildfires. Thanks to the project’s activities, any further degradation within the project area can be prevented.


Reforestation of Degraded Forest Reserve Land in Ghana seeks to establish and sustainably manage forest plantations

By meeting the growing demand for high-quality wood products, the project reduces the pressure on Ghana’s natural and primary forests and ensures the use of proper management practices

The reforestation of 4,078.5 hectares (2,067.8 hectares already reforested to date and 2,010.7ha to be reforested in coming years) will contribute to mitigate climate change whilst meeting the growing demand for wood products from well managed plantation forests.

It has been carried out primarily with ecologically responsible teak plantations, also including a proportion of native species that reinforce existing areas of biodiversity interest.

During its durability period, the project will contribute to the generation of thousands of job positions for the surrounding forest communities, providing quality rural employment with transferable skill shares.

Registered under the Cercarbono standard (#66), the project will generate a total estimate of 32,197,073 tCO2e emission reduction over it duration.


Project activities and goals

Environmental Impact

Reforesting 4,078.5 hectares of degraded land, fostering its protection and avoiding further deterioration


Contributing to the improvement of local communities’ household earnings while reinforcing and improving the national income

Economic Impact

Generating over 1000 yearly job positions, having community members acquire improved skills for a proper and sustainable forest management


Contributing to the accomplishment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

10% of the value of the Standing Timber is invested in the community

Capacity building and technical training for up to 1,000 people every year.

Creation of a programme to ensure food stability is not compromised

Cultivating a variety of fruits and vegetables while respecting local knowledge on harvesting and processing

Implementation of a health programme focused on ensuring that all employees and their families have access to medical care

Establishing gender equality policies

No salary or conditions differences are contemplated when hiring new employees, regardless of gender. Female employees are trained and hired into traditionally male-dominated roles (e.g. tractor driving)

Improving the local communities’ access to fresh, clean water and sanitation

Voluntary Benefit Sharing Agreement

A percentage of all timber revenue goes directly to the community through the District Assembly

Creation and maintenance of infrastructures for the integration of the plantation to the communities

Mere Plantations actively works in the repairment of community roads, entirely voluntarily in most cases

Planting and husbanding over 4 million trees

The activity translates into emission removals of around 32 million in a duration of 40 years

Programme of sustainable forest establishment, management and maintenance

To ensure biodiversity flourishment by maintaining biodiversity zones, retaining indigenous trees and vegetations and protecting flora from fires and illegal loggers

Generating GHG emission reductions that can be measured, monitored and verified

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Mere Plantations was established in 2007 to reforest over 4000 Ha of degraded forestland. It owns leasehold rights for 50 years over the area.

It actively reforests the landsites under a mono-commercial plantation of teak. The organization actively works in the cultivation of plantation teak in an ecologically responsible and economically rewarding manner.

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