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Carbon Rights in Ghana

AFFORESTATION AGRICULTURAL EXPANSION AGRICULTURE ANIMAL BENEFIT SHARING CANOPY CARBON CARBON CREDITS CARBON ECONOMY CARBON SINKS CLEAN ENERGY CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE CO2 COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION CONCESSION CONSERVATION CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY CUSTOMARY LAW DEFORESTATION DEFORESTATION RATE DEGRADATION DEGRADED FOREST DEGRADED FOREST LAND DEGRADED FORESTS DEGRADED LAND DEGRADED LANDS DEGRADED] FOREST DRIVERS OF DEFORESTATION ECOSYSTEM ECOSYSTEM SERVICE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES EMISSION EMISSIONS EMISSIONS FROM DEFORESTATION EXOTIC SPECIES FOOD CROPS FOREST FOREST AREAS FOREST CARBON FOREST CARBON STOCK FOREST CARBON STOCKS FOREST COVER FOREST ESTATE FOREST LAND FOREST MANAGEMENT FOREST PLANTATION FOREST PLANTATION DEVELOPMENT FOREST PLANTATIONS FOREST PRODUCTS FOREST RESERVES FOREST RESOURCE FOREST RESOURCES FOREST SERVICES FORESTRY FORESTRY COMMISSION FORESTRY RESOURCES FORESTRY SECTOR FORESTS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE GHG GREENHOUSE GREENHOUSE GAS ILLEGAL LOGGING ISSUES LAND OWNERS LAND TENURE LAND-USE LAND-USE CHANGE LANDOWNER LOGGING LOGGING COMPANIES MANAGED FOREST NATIONAL FOREST NATURAL RESOURCE NATURAL RESOURCES PLANTING PP PRIVATE FOREST REFORESTATION RESERVE AREAS RESERVE FORESTS RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SECONDARY FORESTS SET-ASIDE STREAMS SUSTAINABLE FOREST SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FORESTS TIMBER TIMBER FOREST TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS TIMBER MANAGEMENT TIMBER RESOURCES TREE TREE PLANTING TREES TROPICAL SECONDARY FOREST WILDLIFE WOOD WOODY BIOMASS
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Ghana
2017-06-14T22:16:21Z | 2017-06-14T22:16:21Z | 2012

For Ghana's national REDD plus scheme to be viable, the rights to carbon or the emission credits generated must be clearly delineated, and be accompanied by equitable and efficient benefit sharing systems. There are a number of approaches that the State can use to determine whom to vest the right to carbon in. If defined as a natural resource, the state would be vested with the rights. If recognized as an ecosystem service, then the right to the benefits would be vested in the owner of the trees. In the latter case, the beneficiaries will differ depending on whether the trees are naturally occurring or planted. The main opportunities in REDD plus in Ghana are in the forestation and reforestation of forestlands and degraded lands. It is possible that REDD plus could provide additional resources to build on existing systems that promote tree planting on degraded land, such as the National Forest Plantation Development Plan (NFPDP), by providing additional incentives in reserve and off-reserve areas.

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