Support the Government of Ghana in Reducing EmissionsRATIONALE
The Ghanaian Government has embarked on the preparation process for policy related to Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). In this context, they obtained the support of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) after the submission and approval of an R-PIN (Readiness Plan Idea Note) by the FCPF Committee of Participants. This will enable Ghana to benefit from the FCPF Readiness Mechanism to prepare a Readiness Plan (R-Plan), which would include activities to make the country ‘ready' to participate in subsequent incentives for REDD, such as the development of a national REDD strategy; a reference scenario for REDD; a monitoring, reporting, and verification mechanism; and a consultation and participation mechanism for the national REDD process.
This assignment supports the Ghanaian national government in preparing the methodological and policy components of the FCPF Readiness Plan. Developing the R-Plan will require a government-initiated and government-owned set of actions, carried out with significant participation and guidance by impacted stakeholders. The consultant team of Winrock, ClimateFocus, and The IDL Group will provide full support in the process's development, coordination, and guidance. Our role is to help ensure that developments in the R-Plan process in Ghana align with international best practices in a manner that is consistent with Ghanaian priorities, possibilities, and practices.
The technical approach and methodology is separated into two activities: the policy component (activity 1) and the methodological component (activity 2). Terms of reference (ToRs) for both the policy and methodological components will be primarily (or exclusively) "framework ToRs" rather than "detailed" or "specific" ToRs (see FCPF R-Plan Template and Guidance p. 2). This approach has been selected by the team to ensure that as Ghana's REDD Implementation Phase evolves, the ToRs can be further refined and improved as learning and stakeholder involvement increases.
The R-Plan was completed for Ghana, and Ghana submitted it in October 2009 for an informal review by the FCPF at the World Bank. Review comments were incorporated into a revised version and submitted to Ghana in December 2009. Ghana then formally submitted the plan to the FCPF for decision in a March 2010 meeting.