Cocoa Landscape Approaches in Ghana: Guidance document and toolbox

The landscape governance toolkit is a compendium of processes and approaches for designing and implementing landscape governance frameworks.

The resources shared in the toolkit reflect over twenty years of the Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC’s) work on landscape approaches in Ghana, as well as the experiences of other organisations, agencies and companies supporting landscape efforts.

Taking lessons from Partnerships for Forests-supported landscape governance models piloted in Ghana as well as pilots supported by other NCRC funders, the toolkit provides a knowledge bank for those hoping to adopt and successfully implement similar governance models.

The guidance document is structured into six sections, outlined below. Useful additional resources, referenced throughout the document, can be found in the digital toolbox. The toolbox also provides important background information and context on the cocoa industry in Ghana’s pathway to adopting landscape approaches for climate-smart production.

Introduction to landscape approaches

Introduces the issues of deforestation and how landscape approaches can protect forests and support producers

Landscape approaches: Key questions about the concept

Speaks to key questions and explains the general concept and logic of landscape approaches

Guidance on landscape governance

Gives detailed information on landscape governance structures in Ghana, including CREMAs and HIAs, and how to implement them

Guidance on landscape standards

Gives guidance on landscape standards, including the LandScale landscape assessment tool

Guidance on landscape level monitoring

Gives information on monitoring efforts, with guidance about a new landscape monitoring system

Recommendations and lessons

Makes recommendations and shares lessons not only valuable in the Ghanaian context, but also useful for similar initiatives in other countries


Guidance document & toolbox