Promoting beekeeping as incentive package to support the conservation of Community Forest and Riparian Forest among communities in the Black Volta River Basin, supported by Ghana US Embassy (USD 7000)- November 2020 to December 2021.
Beekeeping is one of the main livelihood enterprises among communities within the Black Volta Basin with readily available market. Individuals do undertake beekeeping with traditional hives and none of them is optimizing the value chains because of lack of requisite skills, tools and equipment.
The project will include 4 communities and select 50 beneficiaries (which will involve CRMC members and honey producers) from the 4 communities and train them as trainers on beekeeping best practices, book keeping and financial management. Agreements will be negotiated with the trainers to ensure the follow-up of the beneficiaries all along the production process and the value chains. 60 bee hives (15 for each community) alongside protective gears and other equipment will be supplied to beneficiaries who will be involved.
6000 (1,500 in each community) moringa seedlings will be planted within the proposed areas to provide more flowers to boost honey production which will also serve raw materials for processing of moringa products (which is among women) which serve as food and for sale for income.
Simplified management plans will be designed for the effective management of honey production. Also, the project will link beneficiaries to potential buyers (who are readily available in the region and beyond) through SMS.
The project will initiate the establishment of Conservation Fund towards continuous management of CFRE by CRMCs. A percentage of the net benefits will be set aside from each group of beneficiaries to reinvest in the CREMA conservation activities. This would be effective after one-year period when the businesses are expected to be profitable enough. Beneficiaries will be tasked to sign an agreement on their willingness to comply with contribution to the conservation fund whereby witness will be the chiefs and family members from each community.
These funds would further finance the implementation of CREMA management plans by CRMCs. Therefore, an account with several signatories comprising of CRMCs will be opened in each community for this purposes.
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.
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.