Summary of EA programme
The EA works closely with IUCN Ghana.
The EA Ghana country programme focuses on the rural poor who depend to a great extent on well-functioning ecosystems for their livelihoods:
(1) Cocoa producing small holders – around three million people- in the tropical forest belt in the Centre, Southwest and the Southeast of the country. The programme justifies its choice for cocoa producing small holders on the premise that current conventional cocoa production is a leading cause of deforestation and negatively impacts the livelihoods of communities that live from cocoa production;
(2) Rural communities living in and around protected areas and wildlife corridors in the northern region. Justification for the rural communities in the north lies in the fact that (a) the conservation areas do not contribute enough to the livelihoods of the neighboring communities and (b) local livelihoods in this region are threatened by unsustainable agricultural practices, overgrazing and destruction of vegetation cover due to charcoal production.
The CREMA framework is the main tool that will be used to implement the project activities. It has been efficient and effective in developmental agendas targeting rural communities. Its adaptive nature makes it very essential for the EA programme.
Under the EA programme, four partner sites are :
1. The ARocha site is located with the West Gonja, West Mamprusi Districts of Northern Region
2. The RECA CREMA is located in the Wasa Amenfi East district of the Western Region
3. The DI site is located in Woadze, along the mid-section of Weto or Togo-Atakora mountain range of the Volta Region of Ghana
4. The NCRC site is within the Asunafo north and South Districts of the Brong Ahafo Region and the Bia and Juabosu Districts of Western Region.
These sites are located in unique landscapes of Ghana covering over 150,000 ha of land