Cocoa & Forests Initiative partners reveal conservation progress in West Africa at COP28

Ghanaian landscape solutions to combat deforestation

On 3 December, the WCF and IDH, alongside the Ghanaian Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, unveiled the groundbreaking efforts of CFI in fostering sustainable forest conservation partnerships in Ghana’s Asunafo-Asutifi area.

The public-private partnership in Ghana involves designing and implementing landscape-wide solutions to environmental challenges, focusing on combating deforestation due to logging and agricultural expansion. In this first phase of the CFI Landscape Programme, cocoa and chocolate companies are playing a leading role in funding and launching these projects, which go beyond their direct supply chains, to investing in the production areas around them.

Samuel A.Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana, said: “Under the CFI umbrella, we must increase investments in priority landscapes. And we must adopt effective monitoring and reporting systems to assess progress on the implementation of this initiative to ensure the principal objective of halting deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa supply chain is achieved in the long term.’’

Ivorian deforestation prevention progress unveiled

On 4 December, the WCF, IDH, and the Ivoirian Minister of Water and Forests showcased the progress and outlined the next phase of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative in the fight against deforestation in Cote d’Ivoire.

Updates on the Ivoirian program emphasized collaborative efforts in forest conservation, land restoration, and community support within the landscapes of Yapo-Abbé and Bossématié. Building on the success of the earlier phases, CFI is incorporating landscape approaches into its strategy, focusing amongst others on the preservation and rehabilitation of the Classified Forest of Yapo-Abbé and Natural Reserve of Bossématié. CFI participating companies and donors are committing to zero deforestation and promoting reforestation beyond production areas in their supply chains.