Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project

Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project

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 - 71 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

21 Aug 2020

Under implementation


01 Jan 2025

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

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

GCF financing

GrantUSD 30,100,000


Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 15,039,622
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 9,057,153
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 350,000

GCF Contacts

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GCF Communications
Phone +82 10 4458 7751
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Project complaints and grievances

GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
Phone +82 32 458 6157
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6155
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Accredited Entity

United Nations Development Programme

Mr. Pradeep Kurukulasuriya
Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environment Finance
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, NY, United States
Phone +1 (212) 906-5884
Mr. Robin Merlier
Environmental Policy Specialist Global Environmental Finance, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/Global Policy Network
Phone +1 2129065842

National Designated Authority


Ministry of Finance

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