Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project

Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 21 Aug 2020 at B.26
  • Est. completion 10 May 2028
  • ESS Category Category B

The forest ecosystem of Ghana’s northern savanna zone is characterized by nearly 400 million shea and other trees growing naturally as part of traditional farming. Climate change, transitioning to more modern agricultural production and a heavy reliance on wood for charcoal production are now placing a severe strain on this ecosystem.

This project will restore degraded savannah forests and strengthen livelihoods in this area through enhanced ecosystem services. It will do this, among a number of measures, by supporting self-financing community management to restore savannah forests and by using public-private partnerships to restore degraded shea parklands. It will also strengthen REDD+ systems. Shea landscapes are important sources of carbon storage, and they can improve adaptive capacities by making ecosystems more resilient. The harvesting of nuts from shea trees which are used in cosmetics is a key source of livelihoods in the region and provides critical economic support to women in particular.  

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


15 Mar 2017 - 1256 days

Concept note received

15 Mar 2017

Funding proposal received

24 Jun 2018

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

01 Apr 2020

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

03 Apr 2020

Cleared by iTAP

28 Jul 2020


21 Aug 2020 - 263 days

Approved by GCF Board

21 Aug 2020

FAA executed

09 Feb 2021

Under implementation

10 May 2021 - 1,109 days so far

FAA effective

10 May 2021

Disbursement - USD 2,311,228

10 Aug 2021

Disbursement - USD 4,964,939

13 Dec 2022

Disbursement - USD 5,131,142

13 Dec 2023

To be completed

10 May 2028 - 1,450 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing41% disbursed

GrantUSD 30,100,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 30,100,000


Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 15,039,622
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 9,057,153
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 350,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 24,446,775

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Accredited Entity

United Nations Development Programme
Mrs. Nancy Bennet

Executive Coordinator, ad interim (A.I)
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, United States
Phone +12129065044
Mr. Robin Merlier

Principal Advisor Environmental Law and Policy
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, United States
Phone +1 2129065842
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Finance
Dr. Alhassan Iddrisu Primary
Director of Economic Strategy and Research Division
P.O. Box MB 40 Ministries, Accra, Ghana