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Forest Governance Learning Group - Ghana Phase II Work Plan
The Forest Governance Learning Group, Ghana Sub-Group, commenced work in April 2004. The Forest Sector Development Programme originally hosted the initiative. It involved the technical director of the ministry, the FSDP team leader, two members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Forestry, a forestry industry consultant who serves on the Board of one of Ghana’s leading Forestry Companies and the Coordinator of an NGO active in forestry policy. It held only one full formal meeting in April but members remained in close contact with the host and the Coordinator especially around the studies undertaken and the Learning Event held at Akosombo in July. It strengthened the evidence basis for demands for reform particularly in relation to the permits regime and revenue collection. It stimulated articulate demand for change within the forestry establishment. It has especially influenced the thinking and demands of civil society groups like Forest Watch Ghana. It has drawn Forestry Commission, ministerial and parliamentary attention to important policy and legislative problems in the sector. FGLG is now embarking on a second Phase 2005 - 2007. In a summation report, “Practical Tactics to improve Forest Governance in Ghana” the sub-group looked at various options for taking the FGLG contribution to forest governance reform forward. This document presents a specific plan of work that takes advantage of specific significant changes in the international governance environment.