Adequate local capacity to participate in the design and implementation of contemporary sustainability tools has been one of the threats to sustainability practices. We have been active in capacity building. We do this by building and harnessing local capacities and technology with international collaboration to support our objectives from policy to the field.
Mentoring of FSC and FLEGT legal Timber Lead Auditors
Through classroom and on the jobs field mentoring activities, Resourcetrust in collaboration with the Proforest Initiative has trained over fifty (50) FSC and FLEGT Legal Timber Lead auditors. These are nowy qualified Lead Auditors contributing to verification and audit services, supporting FLEGT verification as observers with the Timber Validation Department of the Forestry Commission
Training of High Conservation Value (HCV) Lead Assessors
Resourcetrust Network is a training organization for the HCV Resource Network (HCVRN) Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS). Resourcetrust in collaboration with the Proforest Initiative trained Fifteen (15) Lead HCV Assessors in Freetown, Sierra Leone in October 2016 Trained Ten (10) Lead Assessors in Accra Ghana in January 2017 and Six (6) Lead Assessors in Yaoundé, Cameroon in June 2017 These individuals are bringing to bear the knowledge in the application of the HCV assessment tool in their organisations and professional life.
Impact of COVID 19 on the informal Timber Sector
Resourcetrust have just finished a research and written a report on early assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the informal timber sector in Ghana. This is yet to be published.
Supporting National Level Data collection
Currently, Resourcetrust in collaboration with Civic Response is implementing a FAO -EU FLEGT project titled “Collecting data to feed Ghana’s VPA implementation impact monitoring”. Resourcetrust is responsible for collecting the livelihoods baseline indicators in the forest fringe communities in five (5) Forest Window Districts in Ghana.
• L2 (income levels in forest fringe communities in forest window districts)
• L8 (Number of registered employees in the formal timber industry in window forest districts)
• L10 (Average price of timber in local markets in selected window districts) and
• The Forest Condition impact area covering the ratio of volume of legal timber to volume of illegal timber (including confiscated timber as “illegal removals from the formal timber sector), while all the impact indicators on VPA stakeholder deliberative process will be covered The project is being actively supported by the Ghana Statistical Service News: Links FAO PROJECT INCEPTION REPORT
FAO PROJECT INCEPTION REPORT