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The goal of protecting Nature underpins all our work. It inspires and drives us to secure a future that allows life to flourish for people and wildlife.
Over recent years, Ghana has experienced some of the highest deforestation rates in the world. The country has seen a 28% decline in forest cover since 1990, largely due to the expansion of cocoa farming, as well as illegal “galamsey” gold mining, and timber extraction. Ghana’s remaining tropical forests, are now mainly found in protected areas, such as reserves and national parks, and are home to many rare and endangered plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
Mighty Earth is collaborating with our local partners, government officials, cocoa traders and chocolate companies to protect and restore Ghana’s forests, and to improve livelihoods for the country’s cocoa growers.
Forest lost within protected areas of Ghana due to cocoa farming
The year Ghana’s forest loss reached the highest rate in its history
Estimated number of small farmers growing cocoa in Ghana
Share of Ghanaian cocoa exports sold in the EU in 2021
Explore where cocoa comes from in Ghana and its proximity to recent deforestation and protected areasSee The Map
In 2023, deforestation remains high in cocoa growing regions of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire2023 Update