SFMP Ghana


Sustainable Forest Management Partnership – Ghana (SFMP-Ghana) is a collaborative effort of seven organizations that work within the sector of forest management. These organizations are:

The National Working Group on Forest Certification (WG)

Rural Development and Youth Association (RUDEYA)

The Kumasi Wood Cluster (KWC)

Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP)

Friends of the Earth (FOE).

Green Earth Organisation (GEO)

Wassa Amenfi Traditional Council (WATC)

They are joined by a shared vision of sustainable management of Ghana’s forests and a strengthened position of forest dependent people to generate income and employment.

The collaborating partners have the following objectives:

1. To facilitate, and advocate for equitable forest benefit sharing and good governance for Forest Fringe Communities;

2. To promote public education and public discourse on Ghana’s forest policy, laws and programs for enhancement of forest governance;

3. To promote sustainable production, utilization and marketing of non-timber forest products (NTFP’s)


The partnership is managed by a steering committee (SC), chaired by the head of a partner organization on a one-year rotational basis. Some achievements of partners in SFMP-Ghana are as follows:

1. KWC carried out awareness training for forest communities and forestry agencies on the concept, operation and benefits of forest certification.

2. KWC carried out pre-scoping assessments of six enterprises to determine their performance against the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Principles and Criteria for forest certification.

3. RUDEYA led over 10 Forest Fringe Communities (FFCs) to negotiate for and obtained Social Responsibility Agreements (SRAs) for development projects.


4. RUDEYA trained Community Forest Committees in NTFP production empowering them to diversify the source of household income.

5. WG in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Kumasi Wood Cluster (KWC) provided training for Forest Certification Officers and local experts.

6. FOE-Ghana contributed to improvement of local governance in 30 FFCs such that communities have an increased understanding of their rights and responsibilities in forest use and management.

7. FOE-Ghana trained FFCs who can now effectively negotiate equitable Social Responsibility Agreements between their communities and the logging companies.
8. ASNAPP (Ghana) and the Ghana Standards Board (GSB) have jointly developed international trade standards for Voacanga africana and Griffonia simplicifolia, the two leading medicinal plants of export value in Ghana.