Through a jurisdictional REDD+ approach, this program aims to protect and increase carbon stocks while reducing poverty by engaging local communities in sustainable land management practices.


In a country where over half of the economically active population is employed by agriculture, this FIP project intends to bolster rural livelihoods while preserving high carbon stock forest ecosystems. $9.75 million was secured in October 2013 for ELCIR+.

“Approval of this project means that Ghana can exponentially ramp up sustainability of its forest sector and ensure that forest-related communities are both recipients and creators of effective and climate-smart economic solutions,” explains Albert Mwangi, African Development Bank’s task manager for the project. “The project builds… support in Ghana for sustainable forest management to generate positive environmental and socio-economic outputs.”

The ELCIR+ project will help reduce deforestation and forest degradation, increase carbon stocks and reduce poverty by engaging communities in land management approaches that generate financial and environmental benefits for them.

Objectives and Outputs:

This project will utilize a regional approach to REDD+ focusing on the Western and Brong Ahafo regions. Consultation was made with civil society and local private sector timber, agriculture, and charcoal industries as well as some indigenous groups in developing the proposal.  The project is anticipated to directly benefit 12,000 local inhabitants, half of which are estimated to be women. Gender considerations were incorporated into developing the proposal to ensure gender equity and empowerment with a mind towards women. Additionally, nearly 175,000 people are expected to receive indirect benefits from this engagement.

Through capacity building support, seeds and equipment, and financial incentives for modifying land management practices, ELCIR+ has four components: support of off-reserve forests and agroforestry, promotion of climate-responsible agriculture, support of alternative livelihoods and local capacity building, and support of project management and Monitoring and Evaluation. Over 25 years, the project is projected to result in carbon benefits equivalent to 3.9 million metric tons of CO2 while reducing the poverty level from the 38 percent baseline to 28 percent.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

In the News:

Ghana set to increase community engagement and transform its forestry sector with project awarded nearly $10 million (AfDB, October 1, 2013)

Project Details

Cover Note | Project Document | MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS) | Proposed Decision
Approved on September 25, 2013 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 9.75 million (grant funding)
USD 400,000 (MPIS)

Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (September 24, 2013) 
United States (September 24, 2013)