Critical to the sucessof this Project, the men and women who represent our partners have contributed immensely to the overall success of the project. The leads of the various teams representing our partners; Touton, SNV, Agro-Eco, NCRC, Forestry Commission of Ghana, Ghana Cocobod and other partners including the District Assemblies, Stool Lands Secretariat, National House of Chiefs and other private sector groups (cocoa, mining, logging, oil palm) operating in the landscape are at the forefront of implementation for the success of this project.
Mr. Dennis Oppong is an agriculturist committed to supporting the development and strengthening sustainable value chains. He holds MSc. Environmental Science from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Dennis has been working over a decade in the agriculture sector, and with Agro Eco in the use of long-term, grassroots approach, and focused projects on poverty alleviation through empowerment, capacity building, and ecologically and socially sustainable agricultural production.
He has experience in working in public-private partnerships that aim to promote sustainable value chains in cocoa. These partnerships include governments, CSOs, research institutes and private partners. Over the years, Dennis has developed very good listening and comprehension skills; working to build relationships, solving problems, ensuring understanding, and resolving conflicts.
Haruna is a dedicated, innovative, hardworking and focused professional with immense knowledge and experience in Community Based Conservation initiatives and landscape approaches to Natural Resources Management in Ghana.
Eliyasu Haruna is the CREMA/HIA Development Coordinator at Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC). He holds a BSc in Agricultural Technology (Renewable Natural Resources option) and is pursuing a MPHIL in Environment and Resources Management from the University for Development Studies. Haruna has worked as the technical Advisor to the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, contributing to effective governance, natural resources management and conservation of the Sanctuary. This has included development of a successful ecotourism site, and an organic shea nut harvest and processing value chain, both of which have made transformation contributions to the sustainability of the CREMA.
As the field lead and coordinator of CREMAs and development of Hotspot Intervention Areas (HIAs) under the GCFRP, Haruna is using his wealth of experience and knowledge to support NCRC’s field teams in the development of CREMAs, Sub-HIAs and HIAs in Ghana’s cocoa-forest landscape.
Joseph Asante is a Natural Resource Governance and Management professional with vast experience in community/landscape approaches and governance. He holds an Mphil in Natural Resource and Environmental Governance from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Since 2013, he’s been with Tropenbos Ghana (TBG) and currently serve as a Senior Project Officer.
Joseph has successfully supported the design and implementation of several TBG initiatives aimed at achieving inclusive and sustainably managed landscapes in Ghana. This include but not limited to developing communities’ capacity in natural resource governance and management, lobby and advocacy for community natural resource rights, monitoring and evaluation of CREMA initiatives for effective performance, and development & management of Hotspot Intervention Area Governance Structures in Ghana.
Mrs Mercy Owusu Ansah is a forester by training, a natural resource, environmental and inclusive landscape governance expert with rich experience in forest management planning, facilitation of multi stakeholder dialogue platforms, community engagement and mobilisation, development of alternative livelihoods. She holds an MSc in Forestry and MBA in Strategic Management. She has worked in Ghana’s forestry sector in various positions over the past two decades, and is currently the Director of Tropenbos Ghana (TBG).
She has successfully executed several programmes/projects that promoted community’s management of biodiversity by facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues and platforms at local, national, policy and operational levels. Key was her role in the preparation of biodiversity management planning process, and authored at least three management plans as well as facilitating stakeholder planning meetings. Mercy is astute at facilitation and has carried out stakeholder analysis for numerous projects and built capacities of Forestry Commission Staff, NFF-G, SMFE’s coalition and several communities in proposals development, management, monitoring and implementation. She has a rich experience in climate smart landscape approaches and promote gender inclusion in cocoa-forest governance.
Mercy was also the lead facilitator for EU Chainsaw project that developed alternatives for illegal chainsaw milling in Ghana and Guyana and sought to secure legal lumber on the domestic market. In her current capacity, Mercy leads the design and implementation of actions (either globally or domestically initiated) targeting sustainable land use, inclusive natural resource governance and responsible business and financing.
Michael Ekow Amoah holds an MPhil degree in Economics with specialization in Environmental Economics from University of Ghana. He also holds B.A. Hons degree in Economics with Geography from University of Ghana.
Michael is an economist, M&E Expert and researcher with over 16 years working experience in the cocoa industry. He currently serves on a number of committees including Producer Price Review Committee (PPRC), Cocoa Management System implementation committee, Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) implementation team, Economic Committee sub-committee of the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire Cooperation, and Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Programme implementation Committee.
Rebecca Ashley Asare is the Director of Programs and Research at Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC), in Accra, Ghana. She is a continental leader on cocoa agroforestry and REDD+, and is well-known for her determination and commitment to achieving impacts through social-ecological research, collaborative processes, and integrated natural resource management approaches. She has extensive experience in climate-smart agriculture, PES models, community-based conservation, landscape governance, and landscape standards.
For over five years, Rebecca supported the Government of Ghana to develop its ground-breaking Ghana Cocoa Forest REDD+ Program, which is the first commodity-based emissions reductions program in the world. Since 2018, she has partnered with private sector cocoa companies to implement landscape approaches to reduce deforestation and improve sustainability across multiple sites in Ghana.
With over 20 years of experience living and working in Africa, Rebecca is highly skilled at engaging with people at all levels—from the community to the national—and at sharing information through writing, presentations, and trainings in a manner that is understandable and relevant. She received her MESc and PhD from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and since 2005 has called Ghana home.
Mrs. Sena Yawa Tabbicca currently works as a Principal Research Officer at the Ghana Cocoa Board. She holds a Bachelors in Renewable Natural Resources from KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana, a Masters degree in Climate Change and Development from the University of Reading, UK, a Bachelors in Law from the University of Professional Studies Accra, Ghana and is currently pursuing a Professional Law Course at the Ghana School of Law. She had a short stint of work at the Forestry Commission as part of the administrative team for the implementation of the REDD+ programme which she continues at COCOBOD.
Mrs. Sena Yawa Tabbicca serves as part of focal persons for various collaborative projects such as the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), REDD+ and the 3PRCL. Her greatest ambition is to contribute to the sustainability of the environment with special emphasis on the cocoa ecosystem.