Ghana ready to issue licences to guarantee that exported timber is legally produced
A decade of work from Ghana’s government, non-governmental organisations, industry and the EU is finally coming to a head and it looks like FLEGT-licensed timber will soon be being exported.
Ghana’s VPA progress holds vital lessons for EU Deforestation Regulation
The EU’s Proposed Regulation on deforestation-free products is potentially a crucial tool for fighting deforestation in Ghana and could complement the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) the EU has signed with many...
EU-Cote d’Ivoire-Ghana dialogue on sustainable cocoa production and trade
This letter was sent to Hon. Patrick Jerome Achi, Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire; Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Cocoa Board; H.E. Diana Acconcia, EU Ambassador to Ghana; Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto,...
As the first round of EU-Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire Cocoa Talks wraps up, the way ahead is still unclear
The EU, Ghana & Cote d’Ivoire must commit to concrete actions when talks resume after autumn 2021.
Ghana: A new minister has boosted momentum for FLEGT licensing
In Ghana, long-standing roadblocks to progress on forest governance are now being tackled by a new Minister.
Ghana’s VPA process: The rising tide that lifts all ships
That parts of the European Commission seem to be losing interest in the flagship governance programme, even as Ghana’s hope to issue licences is renewed, has sent a shockwave
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UK due diligence proposals: The people have spoken
On 5 October 2020 the UK government closed its first round of consultation on a proposed law designed to prevent forests and other important natural areas from being illegally converted into agricultural land (FW 258). This...
The UK’s plan to stop illegal deforestation is full of holes
Britons, on average, devour 700,000 tonnes of chocolate a year, or three bars a week per person. But how many of them are aware of the provenance of their chocolate, or its true cost?
Most chocolate sold in the UK is made from...
COVID-19: Is Ghana’s government losing the battle?
With lockdown eased, preventing the spread of disease is shifts to individual responsibility.
Cocoa: why the European Union must act now to eliminate deforestation and child labour from the chocolate we love
European countries are the world’s largest importers of the cocoa beans whose production is devastating rainforests in West Africa and driving millions of children into child labour. To prevent this, chocolate companies and NGOs...