Conservation of community forest fragments and riparian ecosystems in the transitional zone of Ghana. This is a second Rufford Second grant project (July 2019-June 2020) by the support of Lawra Forest Services Division and Nadowli Kaleo District Assembly

This second project seeks to continue the education and sensitization of community members on the conservation of forest, wildlife and riparian ecosystem Menji, Kulmasa, and Maaluwe and other communities (including Saan, Saanpina, Baccie, Kuur, Kpaala, and Zukpiri) under Nadowli Kaleo District Assembly in Upper West Region of Ghana. The project will build the capacity of existing group members (thus Environmental Management Clubs (EMC) and Community Fire Management Advisory Groups (CFMAG)) that was formed during the first project to effectively manage, spread conservation messages, and protect the ecosystems.

Over 5000 community members within the black Volta basin have been sensitized on the need to conserve forests, riparian, and wildlife species. Community members have embraced the idea and have shown greater interest to conserve these resources where they have supported in the rehabilitation of about 20 hectares with indigenous tree species.

Picture taken at Kulmasa with the paramount chief (in spectacles)
Picture taken after education program in Menji of the basic schools

In order to ensure the sustainability of conservation local by-laws that protect natural resources in Menji have been reviewed and amended to support conservation activities and to serve as a guide for other communities to emulate. Review and by-law involved all key stakeholders which included; Representative(Rep) from Tain District Assembly, Tain Forest Services Division, Ghana National Fire Service, National Youth Authority, Traditional Authorities, Women Groups, Religious Leaders, Community Based Organizations and students). Copy of the final draft has been sent to the Tain District Assembly for an approval.

Picture taken during the review of by-laws at menji where members were first divided into smaller groups to capture all their views

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