The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Samuel A. Jinapor, has called on stakeholders at the 27th Conference of Parties (COP27) to work with the ministry and the organizers to make this year’s event, which is scheduled to take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from November 6th to November 18th, 2022, a success.
He made the call at a pre-COP27 event on Thursday in Accra.
He urged them to rally behind the ministry to promote forest and climate-based initiatives to combat climate change. “We look forward to a larger participation and contribution to the global conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and let us all join hands in solidarity to make COP27 a great success,” he said.
He said the COP27 pre-event would provide a platform for stakeholders to share ideas and contribute to discussions on the country’s expectations to build on the momentum gained from COP26 last year.
He announced that Ghana has secured a pavilion at Sharm El Sheikh this year with the help of the World Bank, the Partnership for Forests and other stakeholders to showcase its climate actions, woo investors as well as have partnership engagements.
Mr Jinapor outlined some of the activities planned for the COP27 Ghana Pavilion, stating a side event to be hosted by the President’s office as an example. He also mentioned a roundtable tropical forest ministerial event to be hosted by the Ministry, which he said would discuss forest solutions to climate change.
He indicated that Ghana’s participation in the Forest and Climate Leaders Partnership (FCLP), a COP26 Presidency initiative designed to give momentum to the Glasgow declarations on forest and land use, is a key engagement at COP 27.
He further stated that the FCLP would provide a platform for member countries to increase forest conservation and restoration efforts to implement climate solutions and provide sustainable development.
The minister noted that the partnership would also provide a unique space for intergovernmental collaboration and coordinated action with partners. He announced that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would join President Biden of the United States and other Heads of State at a Forests and Climate Leaders’ Summit on November 7th in Sharm El-Sheikh to officially launch the FCLP.
According to him, Ghana’s membership in FCLP was evidence that the world has taken notice of the nation’s efforts to accelerate emissions reduction.
He disclosed that as a result of these efforts, Ghana would receive about $4,862,208 as compensation for the nation’s efforts to reduce carbon, adding that the amount would be distributed in accordance with a benefit-sharing plan, which is consultative and open.
He said communities would see the benefits of their contributions to increase their trust in the government’s climate interventions.
He urged Ghanaians to recognize the importance of scaling up the forest and other nature-based solutions for the country, where agriculture, forest and land use activities account for the majority of emissions.
Irene Wirekoaa Osei, ISD