WORKING GROUP (WG) ON FOREST CERTIFICATION IN GHANA

Working Group (WG) on Forest Certification is an NGO accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council to promote responsible forest management through certification in Ghana. WG comprises nine members representing key stakeholder groups in the forestry sector in Ghana. They are the following:

  1. Landowners
  2. Growers Association
  3. Wood Industry
  4. Civil Society
  5. Independent Bodies
  6. Women Group
  7. Timber and Woodworkers Union of the Trade Union Congress
  8. Training and Research Institutions
  9. Government

Goals

  • Develop forest standards and ensure continuous accreditation of the standards.
  • Promote the adoption of forest certification and sustainable forest management in Ghana.
  • Improve communication and information sharing among stakeholders and the public at large.
  • Act as a focal point for capacity building on forest certification and sustainable forest management in Ghana and West Africa Sub-Region.

Strategies

  • Education and awareness creation on forest certification and responsible forest management.
  • Communication and information sharing among key stakeholders and the general public on forest certification.
  • Development of local capacities and expertise for certification and audits through training, coaching and field exposures.

Achievements

  • Awareness and understanding of forest certification enhanced among the key stakeholder groups in Ghana.
  • Forest Certification Standards developed, field tested and finalized.
  • Plantation standards for Ghana developed and field tested.
  • Relevant sections of the Ghana Forest Certification Standards included in the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) legality definition document by Government.
  • Nine companies currently pursuing certification in Ghana with Forest Certification Officers.
  • WG in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Kumasi Wood Cluster (KWC) provided training for Forest Certification Officers and local experts.

Vision

Be a leading autonomous and transparent organization on forest standard development in Ghana.

Mission

Guarantee the functioning of forest and chain of custody certification in Ghana through setting and promoting internationally accredited standards, facilitation of certification processes and monitoring the implementation of the standards with recognized arbitration procedures for forest, industry and community sector operators.

Our Team

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