Annual Forest Authority Report
The Forestry Commission (FC) is required in its Charter to publish an annual report and present it to parliament through the Minister, but the last annual report was in 2006. The delay in the documentation and distribution of the annual report of the FC is typical of many state agencies in the country.
There are more recent (2008) sub-reports on various projects and programmes of the FC. These include the National Forest Plantation Development Programme and the Timber Industry Development Division. In districts where there is a Customer Services Officer, copies of some publications are kept in the offices but these are not publicly displayed and not many people know about the publication.
Together with the EU, Ghana’s forest authorities published in April 2012 a 2009-10 Annual Progress Report on implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement. As a first report, this document provides an introduction to VPA implementation activities, and there is little to highlight as completed legislative, fiscal, institutional or legal compliance actions. Article 20 of the VPA also states that, the Joint Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism "shall record the efforts Ghana has made to be transparent by, inter alia, making publicly available information about harvest rights, areas designated for harvesting, harvesting schedules, timber rights fees, and harvest related payments, and information on social responsibility agreements and crop damage compensation awards. Future reports will include details of what has been done to collate and publish such information”.