The REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE) for Ghana: Expert Workshop Report



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The Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator has developed a tool called the REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise (ROSE) as a means of assessing how and where to engage with Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation plus4 (REDD+) in a given country. Specifically ROSE enables the user, which could be a government body or NGO aiming to promote or support a portfolio of forest carbon activities, to classify and prioritize potential REDD+ sub-national activities, and to make an initial assessment of key constraints to project development, including those associated with the legal, policy and institutional framework for carbon finance.The Ghana ROSE was one of three ROSE country case studies conducted in 2009. It has provided the Katoomba Incubator with a solid basis for strategic engagement with REDD+ in Ghana, both at the project or sub-national level, and at the national or policy level. The ROSE study consisted of two main stages;  a two-day key informant or expert workshop, and an analysis of legal and policy constraints by a small in-country team.  This report focuses on the  first part of the ROSE methodology, the  expert workshop; a second Ghana ROSE report, entitled  “REDD Opportunities Scoping Exercise: Implications of the Legal and Policy Framework for Tree and Forest Carbon in Ghana”, goes into greater depth on the legal and policy issues surrounding the development of REDD+ in Ghana.