Tropenbos Ghana, an environmental non-governmental organisation, has been named the Change Agent of the Year at the 2022 Ghana Cocoa Awards, held in Accra.
The organisation which is affiliated with Tropenbos International was recognised for its drive toward transformation, empowerment, and sustainability in the cocoa industry.
In the year under review, the organisation remained very visible with consistent advocacy within the landscape media setting the agenda for national discourse on environmental concerns including illegal gold mining and attendant forest degradation in cocoa-growing communities.
The Project Manager of Tropenbos, Evans Mensah Sampene, led the team to receive the Ghana Cocoa Awards honour presented by Richard Anane, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Ghana Exim Bank.
Commenting on the feat, the Director of Tropenbos Ghana, Mercy Owusu-Ansah, noted that awards are a great source of inspiration as it tells how much your work is appreciated and this award does just that for the entire Tropenbos Ghana team.
“We will continue to drive transformation with our projects, empower our beneficiaries, and work diligently toward cocoa sustainability in Ghana. We look forward to achieving more and more,” Owusu-Ansah emphasised.
She added, “we acknowledge and thank our donor partners, community members, and all other stakeholders for making this possible. Without them, we wouldn’t have been here. To our committed staff, we say thank you for your contributions toward this recognition.”
Tropenbos Ghana was established in 2001 in response to sustainable landscape management challenges in Ghana and seeks to ensure that, knowledge is used effectively in the formulation of appropriate policies and managing forests for conservation and sustainable development.
According to officials, the organisation has through research, and capacity building for individuals, communities and institutions provided the platform for informed dialogue on topical forestry and cocoa issues, and sharing of lessons and experiences at local, national, and international levels.
Tropenbos Ghana promotes the sustainable use of forests and trees in climate-smart landscapes in the tropics in support of inclusive sustainable development.
This requires significant progress on interrelated domains where we focus our efforts: Sustainable land use, Inclusive governance, Landscape restoration, Responsible business and finance, and Participatory independent forest monitoring.