Second Consultative Workshop for the Green Economy Action Plan Development Held in Ghana

Accra, Ghana, 8 September 2015- The second consultative workshop for the formulation of a Green Economy Action Plan (GEAP) for Ghana, organized by the country’s Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), with the technical support of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), took place in Accra on 8 September 2015.

The workshop was the second of a series of consultative sessions that will be undertaken in Ghana to develop a robust GEAP for the country, as a vehicle for integrating and reinforcing inclusive green economy goals and national economic and development planning.

The aim of the workshop was to offer stakeholders an opportunity to review the inputs that were generated during the initial consultative workshop held on 16 August 2015 in Accra. During that initial meeting, key stakeholders in the agriculture, forestry and energy sectors were consulted in order to map out actions and strategies to inform the various segments of the GEAP document.

The findings from both consultative workshops will be used for the formulation of a draft GEAP which will be subject to validation by Ghana’s government during a workshop planned for October 2015. Additional activities to monitor and support this mainstreaming of inclusive green economy into national economic and development planning will be led by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).

The Green Economy Assessment Report that gives rise to the GEAP has been completed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and shall be officially launched during the upcoming Ghana PAGE Green Economy Week in October 2015.

The consultative workshop and the Green Economy Assessment study were commissioned by UNEP for the government of the Republic of Ghana with generous funding support from the European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands.