Ecometrica-managed Forests 2020 project sees development of world-class Ghanaian earth observation capabilities
Edinburgh-UK/Accra-Ghana, 28 January 2021 – The Forestry Commission of Ghana (FCG) today announced the launch of a National Map of Forests and Land Use. Marking a significant milestone in Ghana’s commitment to build world-class earth observation expertise and the culmination of a three-year project, the development has been supported by Forests 2020, which is managed by Ecometrica, the downstream space information company, and supported by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme.
The launch of the map is the latest in a series of initiatives to enhance sustainability across Ghana’s key agricultural commodities, such as cocoa, and aims to end deforestation, while promoting forest restoration and protection throughout supply chains. It will be formally adopted as a national product for the use of climate reporting and zero deforestation supply chains in both the forest sector and for commodity exports.
Yakubu Mohammed, Head of Geo-Information Unit at Resource Management Support Centre of the Forestry Commission of Ghana and Principal Investigator for Forests 2020, said: “The map is an important outcome from the Forests 2020 project, which has enabled us to create a resource centre from which we will further develop our new land cover map. Importantly, FCG and our partner agencies will now be in a much stronger position to determine progress towards the Cocoa & Forests Initiative objectives and other international commitments and initiatives.”
Ghana’s national land use maps have been developed over the past three years by the Forestry Commission and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with the support of international partners. The maps provide authoritative and accurate information about the extent of forests, shaded and unshaded cocoa production areas, forest reserves, admitted farms and other agricultural areas.
Dr Richard Tipper, executive chairman of Ecometrica, added: “This is a significant achievement by FCG and represents the first 3rd generation land use map to be produced at national level by a middle income country. It is also a testament to the ongoing success of Forests 2020 and its long-term legacy, with Ghana now in a position to identify key commodity crops, such as cocoa, but also whether these crops are grown under tree shade or in shade free condition.”
The map is a multipurpose product that will be updated over time and used for national climate change reporting under the UNFCCC Paris Agreement; enforcement of compliance with zero deforestation commodities including timber, cocoa and other exports; and planning and monitoring projects and policies in the forest and land use sector.
- Forestry Commission Ghana compliance map
- Ghana forest (photo by Seyiram Kweku)
- Cocoa pod (photo by Seyiram Kweku)
To view the map please visit https://ghana-national-landuse.knust.ourecosystem.com/interface/
Ecometrica, the downstream space and sustainability company, turns the vast and growing streams of observation data from space, air and land into actionable insights for business, government and society.
A leading provider of sustainability and earth observation services, its satellite mapping technology is being used to protect 300 million hectares of tropical forests as part of the Forests 2020 project, which Ecometrica is spearheading on behalf of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP).
The Ecometrica Platform, a web-based accounting and sustainability management solution, combines earth observation data from satellites with local information and business intelligence, to bring clarity to environmental and natural resource challenges facing corporates and governments alike. It helps businesses to easily track and map their impact
About The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP)
IPP is a five-year, £30 million per year initiative designed to utilise the UK space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver measurable and sustainable economic, societal and/or environmental benefits to developing countries. Projects within IPP span a variety of themes, including building climate/disaster resilience; improving agriculture; reducing deforestation; preventing and reducing maritime pollution and illegal fishing; optimising renewable energy production; and improving access to appropriate and affordable financial services.
IPP is funded from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This £1.5 billion Official Development Assistance (ODA) fund supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries. ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote long-term sustainable development and growth in countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. IPP is ODA compliant, being delivered in alignment with UK Aid Strategy and the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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