The planting of mangroves along the coastal line in Gomoa West District in the Central Region of Ghana will restore the mangrove’s biodiversity and enhance the community’s livelihood.
Over the years the mangroves have been used for charcoal production, firewood extraction and as firewood to smoke their fish. Fisherfolk say that their fish is tastier and better preserved when smoked with mangrove wood. It leaves the coastal and river sides degraded and in turn led to low fish catch that dwindled incomes of the people.
The community members acknowledge the problem and are calling for a solution with ACEC’s help in the form of training and resources.
The lives of 5,000 men, women and children will be improved after the end of the project.
Short term, mangroves will be restored allowing for more spawning grounds and growth of fish. This will revive the jobs for the women who depend on the fish for sale leading to a rise in their incomes.
It is expected that in the long term, the people of Dago will have safeguarded jobs affecting the livelihoods of the women who are into fish mongering and sustain the men in their agriculture activities leading to a rise in incomes for families.
Ultimately, this intervention will lead to increased knowledge on mangrove conservation and sustainable utilisation of natural resources within Dago fishing community enhancing the ecological integrity of the coastline of Dago and the community’s climate resilience.
With the donations through iMPACT direct, ACEC will purchase propagules (i.e. mangrove seedlings) and train nursery workers to grow the seedlings. This requires a budget of GHS 42,000 (or €5,787).
This is part of a bigger project in which ACEC supports planting of tree species along lagoons and rivers and provides conservation education and public awareness campaigns as well as community training on sustainable natural resource conservation and management.
ACEC improved 3,600 women’s lives since 2017 with three interventions: in climate smart agriculture for cocoa farmers (1381), distributing energy-saving cook stoves for women and households (1419), and 800 people within the fishing community of Dago in the Central region of Ghana.
As an example, from the cook stove intervention: The target is to reach 10,000 women and distribute 20,000 energy-efficient stoves in the coming two years.
How it improves their lives? Women using our cook stoves will save time and money – because they need less firewood – and improve their health, because of less smoke.
Kwamina Addo, Project Director: “Women not only start using our energy-saving stoves, they also start to sell it as a business and gain income from that. That’s the major impact of ACEC.”
Cost effectiveness: €48 per person (including overhead costs).
As an organisation, ACEC is made up of individuals who have manifold experience in the development sector. ACEC’s team members have worked with a number of high-ranking organisations, including Fairtrade, UTZ/Rainforest Alliance, USAID, West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change, Solidaridad, International Fertilizer Development Centre.
In each of the projects implemented by ACEC team members, they were mainly involved in its development, project management and coordination. This has equipped us with the wealth of experience in managing many projects in the subject matter and related fields.
“ACEC is creating awareness on the need to conserve and protect mangrove resources owing to its importance to wildlife and the environment. I think this is commendable because it has revived my livelihood of fish mongering. I will be able to provide for my family now.”
“ACEC’s work in Ghana has contributed to the increased resilience of communities to climate change through cookstove distribution and seedlings. They reach the most vulnerable communities. Since my interaction with them, ACEC have achieved any target they have set for themselves.”