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Rainforest Alliance, a non-governmental organization with support from the Global Fund (WWF), has engaged Sefwi-Wiawso stakeholders in introducing a new project titled “Data Landscape Gap Analysis and Action Plan “.

The project is part of the European Union Country-wide Landscape and Environmental Agility (EU-LEAN) project.
The engagement was aimed at building the capacity of grantees to accelerate jurisdictional procurement approaches aimed at addressing gaps in the data collection management system to improve agriculture and reforestation in the region.

Mr. Kwadwo Nti Baniako, Director and Coordinator of the Landscape and Community Project, said that since the beginning of the project, he has introduced some complementary initiatives to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, share experiences, support capacity building, providing technical assistance and mobilizing resources.

He said that the EU-LEAN project, for example, aims to directly support national efforts to conserve biodiversity, improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, while implementing an integrated landscape through functional and sustainable landscape governance structures.

The project coordinator revealed that the new project had the overarching goal of increasing the capacity of developing countries to collect the data needed to participate in jurisdictional performance assessment approaches, which were implemented at the landscape level to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.

Mr. Nti Baniako mentioned the improvement of the ecosystem, human well-being, governance and increased productivity as part of the areas covered by the project.

He advised farmers, especially cocoa farmers, to take their livelihood programs seriously so that they are not solely dependent on their cocoa production.

Mr. Kevin Natey, Senior Associate at Rainforest Alliance, said data curation has always been a challenge as some institutions have different data at district and national level, and prayed that the new project would help to fill these gaps in order to obtain effective and accurate data in the country.

Stakeholders were from the Forestry Commission, COCOBOD, Land Commission, DOSVU, Social Welfare, Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

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