Mangrove Restoration (2)

The project restores mangrove forests along the coastline of Winneba. Simultaneously, the incomes of 600 women and men will rise due to renewed climate-resilient jobs. 

Local solution

Together with the community ACEC is growing mangrove seedlings and planting them along the coastal line. It is how the project increases communities’ resilience against climate change and simultaneously restores and protects the mangrove forests and its biodiversity.

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 district authorities and local people particularly lack the knowledge to curb the growing rate of degradation and deforestation of mangrove plantations in the area. The community members acknowledge the problem and are calling for a solution with ACEC’s help in the form of training and resources. ACEC encourages the sustainable use of mangrove forests with public awareness campaigns as well as the training of community members.

 

 

Lives improved

Short term, 2.5ha of degraded mangroves will be restored, allowing for the growth of small fishes that use the mangroves as spawning grounds along the coastline in the community.

In addition, jobs will be restored for 600 women and men. In an earlier successful project, men could go back to fishing as a source of livelihoods, while women now could continue to do their fish processing.

Community impact 

It is expected that in the long term, the mangrove’s biodiversity is restored, and community’s livelihoods are sustained.

Ultimately, this intervention will lead to increased knowledge on mangrove conservation and sustainable utilisation of natural resources within Winneba fishing community enhancing the ecological integrity of the coastline of Winneba and the community’s climate resilience.

Budget

The project requires donations totalling GHS17,500 (or €2,432). The donations will be used for:

  • Purchase propagules (i.e. mangrove seedlings).
  • Train nursery workers to grow the seedlings.
  • Conservation and environmental protection awareness activities in the community.

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 uses internally generated funds to support other activities under the project.

Testimonials

  • 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.

    Ama Tantan, community member and fishmonger in Dago fishing community
  • 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.

    Richard Yeboah, iMPACT direct

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    Project Details

    • Project:
      Mangrove Restoration (2)
    • NGO:
      ACEC
    • Location:
      Ghana
    • Start date:
      January 2, 2022
    • End date:
      March 31, 2022

    About ACEC

    Agriculture and Climate Empowerment Centre (ACEC) empowers communities to adopt strategies that will enhance resilience to climate change, improve people’s livelihoods and thus ensuring sustainable development. ACEC employs an innovative participatory approach with community members that engages them right from the project formulation stage up to the implementation period.

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