Mapping Ghana’s potential for forest restoration

8 September 2016

Little was known about the state of Ghana’s forest reserves over the past 20 years. New maps are helping to fill these gaps and open up new opportunities for restoration.

Before investing in efforts to restore forest cover in degraded reserves, we need to know where degradation and forest loss has occurred and which reserves should be prioritised for restoration. IUCN and partners undertook an updated spatial assessment of the condition of Ghana’s 266 forest reserves, which cover a total of 2.5 million hectares. This produced new, up-to-date maps of the condition of Ghana’s forest reserves using a combination of remote sensing technology, specialist expertise and local in-depth knowledge of communities living near the reserves. The maps will be useful tools for identifying which reserves are most in need of restoration.

Read the full article in Forest Brief, No.2Forest brief cover page