THE GHANA ROSEWOOD MESS: FAST-TRACKING GHANA VPA IMPLEMENTATION AS A SOLUTION

“Rosewood logging and trade under salvage permit is undermining significant strides made over the last decade at addressing illegal logging; and reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation in Ghana.

As rosewood and other trees in the northern regions are logged, the area fast becomes a desert, making agriculture difficult, compounding their increasing poverty levels.

CSOs have sighted a letter from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources authorizing the Forestry Commission to grant to Messrs Attakey Limited, salvage permit for the removal of 5000 cubic meters (250 units of 40ft containers) of Rosewood from Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions (combined is 57% of the total landmass of Ghana).

This permit gives us the impression that the company has been granted a blank “cheque” to remove as much Rosewood as the company can.”

Document: 20170828_Rosewood statement final – ksn + Albert (1)

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