RECA’s mission is to assist the rural poor to realize their potential and that of their environment and to harness these potentials toward a sustainable improvement in their livelihood.
RECA’s objectives are to:
· Facilitate processes that enhance local awareness and perceptional changes to families on child labor issues in communities;
· Create linkages and networking amongst rural dwellers and other key stakeholders to enhance effective participation and dialogue;
· Increase participation of women in household and public decision making;
· Facilitate processes that ensure conflict free dwelling communities by creating platforms that enhances effective dialogue and networking;
· To Increase agro-forestry farm systems that ensure environmental sustainability
Within framework Ecosystem Alliance RECA works on:
Title: Enhancing environment and rural economy through community-based biodiversity management
Start: 1-10-2012 End: 30-6-2015 Budget: 160.003 Euro
Ghana has experienced significant forest loss through the expansion of the cocoa industry by the promotion of zero shade cocoa production systems. The expansion of the cocoa industry and associated rate of forest loss is estimated at 2% or 115,000 hectares per annum (FAO 2007) due to environmental degradation, i.e., deforestation and land degradation. Until recently farmers had very limited incentives to plant or maintain shade trees on their farms. This was due to land and resource tenure issues with landowners. On their turn landowners had limited rights to preserve naturally occurring trees on their lands following unclear benefit sharing arrangements with the major stakeholders notably government. The project is focusing on Enhancing Community Based Biodiversity Management on cocoa landscapes through integrated agroforestry and land tenure security in the Wassa Amenfi East District the Western Region of Ghana. Wassa Amenfi is the 4th largest cocoa producing district in the region with over twenty community off-forest reserves and four major forest reserves of national interest, covering and hosting major and important rivers like the Ankobra basin that feeds over 50,000 dependent farmers. Part of the three reserves is part of the Globally Significant Biodiversity Area (GSBA). The project aims at creating conservation corridors between Bowiye Range Forest Reserve and Oppong Mansi FR. It will promote conservation and planting of indigenous timber species within the landscape in order to increase its ecological functioning. The project will address the land/tree tenure challenges by establishing Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) structures. The CBNRMs will implement Community Based Land Administration (CBLA) Systems in a bid to ensuring land/tree tenure security. Improved sustainable cocoa production in combination with better land security will enhance livelihoods and reduce loss of biodiversity. The main expected results are about 600 farmers, involving over 4.000 households in 21 communities have adopted sustainable cocoa farming. Over 60% of the 20,000 hectares covered by agroforestry ecosystem practices. Community Based Land Administration (CBLA) systems that promote security of tenure for trees and lands in the area, are being implemented The development of land use plans that encourage individual and community agroforestry development and management has been facilitated Community Based Biodiversity Management structures with management plans and benefit sharing arrangements have been established in the targeted conservation corridors between two forest reserves A functional collaboration with other partners to support best practices that promote good cocoa products and certification in the district is in place.
The main expected result
About 600 farmers, involving over 4.000 households in 21 communities have adopted sustainable cocoa farming.