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Addressing the risks of a weak legal framework governing forest conversion in Ghana
The main cause of forest conversion in Ghana is the growing demand for land, to produce agricultural commodities and mineral resources, or for infrastructure and urbanisation. There is significant evidence that agriculture is the main driver of deforestation in the tropics. In recent years, forest conversion has increased in West and Central Africa, although few laws on forestry and land tenure have been updated accordingly.
ClientEarth is reviewing legal frameworks governing forest conversion across the region and internationally, to understand major risks stemming from incomplete laws and to suggest legal means to address them.
In this briefing Client Earth has reviewed the current laws and regulations that govern forest conversion in Ghana and found that major problems like illegal deforestation, community land rights' violations and conflicting land titles stem from laws that are incomplete, unclear or not fit for purpose.