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ABOUT THE MINISTRY

Ghana is endowed with abundant natural resources, which have played a key role in the development efforts of the country. The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) was established under Section 11 of the Civil Service Law 1993 (PNDCL 327), and is mandated to ensure the sustainable  management and utilization of the nation’s lands, forests and wildlife resources as well as the efficient management of the mineral resources for socio-economic growth and development. The Ministry consists of three sub-sectors; Lands, Forestry and Mining.

In fulfillment of the constitutional provision, Ministries, Agencies and Departments are to implement Government’s programmes through a national development policy framework.  The policy framework which is being implemented in phases has been translated into the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA), 2010 to 2013 under the auspices of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).

The 2013 Annual Performance Report of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources submitted to the Office of the Head of Civil Service is based on the broad policy objectives in line with the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) 2010 to 2013. The policy objectives considered under the GSGDA for the three sub-sectors of MLNR are to:         

                                                                                                               

  • Ensure sustainable natural resource use through Good Governance
  • Accelerate reforestation and plantation establishment for environmental and watershed management and job creation
  • Maximize national revenue and benefits to rural communities from mineral resource extraction whilst ensuring good environmental stewardship
  • Promote a smooth and efficient land delivery system through partnership with Traditional Authorities
  • Promote Sustainable extraction and use of mineral resources
  • Ensure the restoration of degraded natural resources
  • Build institutional frameworks for sustainable extractive and natural resources management
  • Reduce the loss of biodiversity
  • Maintain and enhance the protected area system
  • Strengthen the legal framework on protected areas
  • Reverse forest and land degradation
  • Encourage appropriate land use and management
  • Enhance community participation in environmental and natural resources management by awareness creation
  • Enhance community participation in governance and decision making
  • Adapt to the impacts and reduce vulnerability to Climate Variability and Change