Field data collection for establishing tree cover monitoring service in Northern Ghana

Ghana

At a Glance

Ghana’s varied and distinct ecological zones generate a wide range of livelihoods, agricultural practices, and commodities that are each uniquely impacted by climate change and shocks. Rising sea levels threaten rapidly urbanizing coastal areas, increasing vulnerability to flooding and waterborne disease. Drought and reduced rainfall inhibit the country’s hydropower systems, resulting in frequent power outages that negatively affect economic growth. Combined with rising temperatures, these factors also hinder agricultural production and fishing, which have implications for human health and nutrition. The energy sector contributes the highest share of Ghana's overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information.

Climate Projections

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Decreased/Less Frequent Precipitation

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Sea Level Rise

Key Climate Impact Areas

Agriculture

Fisheries

Energy

Human Health

Water Resources

Funding and Key Indicators


USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)

Total

N/A

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

Population (2020)

29.3 Million

GHG Emissions Growth

3.41%

% Forested Area

41.2%

Climate Change Information

Ghana Photo Gallery

Stories from the Area

The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis. Climate change is not just a looming existential threat, it is currently threatening development progress and exacerbating global inequities; increasing humanitarian needs, food and water insecurity, and displacement; and contributing to conflict.
This blog series features interviews with the winners of the 2020 Climatelinks Photo Contest. This photo, submitted on behalf of SERVIR West Africa, is available on the Climatelinks Photo Gallery.
In Ghana, a changing climate is affecting the production of cocoa, one of the country’s major cash crops and its second leading foreign exchange earner.