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Previously, WWF worked to protect forest habitat in West Africa through WAFPO (the West Africa Forest Programme Office). Since July 2014, WWF is no longer present in Ghana but has set up a cooperation agreement with the newly established NGO, the Nature and Development Foundation (NDF). Much of their work is aligned with WWF's Global Forest Trade Network (GFTN). NDF also focuses on the following areas:
Improving the environmental performance of the forest products sector in West Africa
Building capacity of local communities on the forest fringe
Forming partnerships across West Africa to promote responsible forest management
Influencing the developing Plantation and Wood Fuel sectors
Engaging Governments, communities & companies to maximize benefits through REDD+
Advising on land use planning
Nature and Development Foundation, NDF West Africa
Nature and Development Foundation (NDF)
c/o CAW - Centre for African Wetlands
University of Ghana
PO BOX 67
NDF seeks to help conserve the biodiversity of the Guinean Moist Forest which is one of WWF's 238 global 200 eco-regions where its conservation efforts are focused.
NDF's current activities are targeted towards responsible forest management through WWF's Forest Sector Transformation Strategy (GFTN and NGPP) and effective Law Enforcement by participating in the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to address the problem of illegal logging. It also focuses on improving rural livelihood while promoting sustainable forest management through various projects.
In view of NDF's interest in achieving tangible conservation targets and protection of forest resources in the Guinean Moist Forest, it welcomes partnerships that will bring additive values to its respective goals.