As part of efforts to ensure a Green Business economy in Ghana, Tropenbos Ghana, and A Rocha Ghana, have launched a call for Climate-smart Green Business ideas.
A green business combines innovative ways of doing business to protect and restore the natural environment, not causing any harm, and at the same time contributing to national and/or international climate goals of mitigation and/or adaptation as well as biodiversity conservation.
The initiative, which is under the Mobilizing More for Climate (MoMo4C) project is a five-year programme (2019-2024) funded by the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry in partnership with IUCN-Netherlands Committee, WWF, and Tropenbos International, and seeks to develop innovative finance for climate action using a Landscape Approach.
The programme aims to bring together entrepreneurs, corporate entities, policymakers, investors, and civil society organizations to make green business propositions. These should tackle the impacts and causes of climate change at a landscape level in developing countries, contribute to climate-resilience and (gender) inclusive, sustainable development in the landscapes where they are proposed, and attract investments to implement these initiatives.
In launching the programme in Accra, the Deputy Director of A Rocha Ghana, Daryl Bosu revealed its importance, saying it would help address mitigation and adaptation challenges at the local level.
"#MoMo4C seeks to ensure inclusive and climate-resilient landscape. If we say inclusive, we mean bringing together all state and non-state actors to help communities and businesses bring forth ideas that will help address mitigation and adaptation challenges at the local level”, he said.
On his part, the Head of Climate Change unit, EPA Ghana, Dr. Antwi Bosiako Amoah said, every Ghanaian has a responsibility to play to ensure that the sanctity of the environment is preserved, adding, the EPA is happy to be associated with the #MoMo4Cprogram.
National Director of A Rocha Ghana, Dr. Seth Appiah Kubi, appealed to the #MoMo4C expert panel not to be extremely strict, rather be basic in order not to exclude the grassroot people who may have brilliant ideas but cannot put them into writing.
The program is being implemented in Ghana by two national NGOs; Tropenbos Ghana in SefwiWiawso, Juabeso, and Bia Landscape whereas A Rocha Ghana implements the initiative in the Mole Ecological Landscape in the Savannah Region of Ghana.
According to the Project Coordinator at Tropenbos Ghana, Evans Mensah Sampene, in the coming years, they would identify other key landscape challenges and make calls for business ideas to tackle them.
“I’ll urge the private sector to get involved and actively support projects aimed at mitigating climate change so together, we all address the effects of climate change,” - Gladys Offei, Rep from the Dutch Embassy said.
About the Call for Green Business
This call for business proposals will take into consideration climate innovative actions which seek to address Key Landscape Challenges including Sefwi Wiawso Juabeso and Bia Landscape.
The initiatives should help build the adaptive capacities to develop resilience against climate change, curtailing cocoa-related deforestation and promoting crop and income diversification.
The initiatives should also seek to promote value addition and sustainable production value chains.
In the Mole Ecological Landscape, the initiative should also help build climate change resilience and achieve landscape restoration. In this case, the initiative should help in reducing firewood and Charcoal production related deforestation.
It should also help improve access to renewable biomass energy.
Selected promising businesses will be supported in various forms, based on their needs during the support process as well as getting the needed support to develop a full business case with an investment plan.
How to apply
Application forms can be downloaded at the website of Tropenbos Ghana (www.tropenbosghana.org), completed forms can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies of the form are also available at the various Business Advisory Centers (BAC) under the Ghana Enterprise Agency at Sefwi Wiawso, Juabeso, and Bia West offices.
Completed applications should be submitted at the respective BAC office. The deadline for submission of a completed form is 6th August 2021.
Also in the Mole Ecological Landscape, one can access the forms by picking one at the various Business Advisory Centers in the West Gonja, North Gonja, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, Wa-East, and Mamprugu-Moagduri District. Forms can also be downloaded from www.ghana.arocha.org and submit them via email at email@example.com. The deadline is 20th August 2021.
Story by Suleiman Abubakar Sadique