Definition of Legal Timber for Ghana
The definition of Legal Timber in Ghana forms part of a complete system of institutional arrangement aimed at securing improved forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) within the regulatory and administration framework in the forest sector of Ghana. This system is popularly known as the Ghana Timber Legality Assurance System (GhLAS).
The definition of legal timber for Ghana under the GhLAS was reached through a multistakeholder process with broad participation of the timber Industry and domestic civil society stakeholders. This helped to create a domestic standard setting arena that enabled the legal definition process to sidestep otherwise very potentially contentious political hurdles leading to significant reforms in the sector. The process led to the review of relevant forest sector laws and regulations to identify gaps as well as do away with obsolete and obnoxious laws in order to enhance simplicity for compliance. The review process also included all relevant international conventions that Ghana had signed unto.