Reforestation of Black Volta Basin funded at Kuur and Kulmasa in Nadowli Kaleo District Assembly in Upper West and Savannah Region of Ghana, £5878 International Tree Foundation (ITF) Sustainable Community Forestry Program, supported by Lawra Forest Services and Wildlife Divisions and community members- May 2020 to April 2022 Sam Peace, Sam@internationaltreefoundation.org.
The project will promote reforestation of riparian forests within the Black Volta catchment areas with indigenous tree species and build the capacity of local community members to manage the area sustainably in Kuur and Kulmasa in Nadowli Kaleo District Assembly.
The proposed project was determined and designed through a collaboration with EAF team, Kuuri, and Kulmasa communities. EAF staff have been working with the communities for the past two years. Community members have been educated on the need to conserve their surrounding landscape where there has been a substantial change in attitude and actions. Community members have been thought how to raise tree seedlings and plant trees (Pic. Attached). Therefore, the project will use the existing community members in addition to new ones and build their capacities to conserve and restore the degraded landscape in their communities. Project beneficiaries will receive incentives and technical training on wildlife conservation, wildfire management, and silvicultural operations.
At the end of the project the following activities will be carried out;
- Mobilize community members (both old team members and new members) from the two communities
- Select 10 members (6 men and 4 women) as Reforestation Team (RT) Members and 10 (7 men and 3 women) as Wildfire Management Team (WMT) members
- Train wildfire management and afforestation team members as trainers on silvicultural operations, wildfire management, and best forest and wildlife conservation practices
- Embark on mass education on forest and wildlife conservation
- Support community members to raise 25,000 seedlings (24, 000 for planting and1000 for beating up) consisting of Pterocarpus erinaceus, Vitellaria paradoxa, and Khaya ivorensis seedlings for restoration purposes.
- Support community members to plant (12,000 at Kulmasa and 12,000 at Kuuri) in degraded riparian areas through enrichment planting as well as monitoring the growth and survival of planted trees.
Currently, a tree nursery with 20000 capacity is ongoing for rehabilitation activities.