A Rocha Ghana (ARG) was formed in 1999, and has branches across Ghana. The organization is based around Christian and environmental values. ARG carries out research for the conservation and restoration of the natural world, and runs environmental educational programmes for communities and people of all ages. ARG is part of the larger A Rocha family, headed by A Rocha International.
Within the framework of the Ecosystem Alliance A Rocha works on the development of Community Resource Managed Area (CREMA) around Mole National Park.
Title: Expansion of community managed conservation areas (CREMAs) around Mole National Park
Start: 1-1-2012 End: 30-6-2015. Budget: 174.061 euro
Mole National Park, the largest protected area in Ghana, is more than ever confronted with threats and pressure from without its boundaries, which undermine the ecological integrity of its existence. Communities in an effort to meet their livelihood needs, continue to use resources in the park through hunting, harvesting of trees and other plants, cattle grazing and conversion of park lands into farming areas. Most of these problems are a result of inadequate livelihood opportunities for communities living on the fringes of the park. Since 2007, A Rocha Ghana has facilitated the establishment of two Community Resource Management Areas (CREMA) around Mole NP. Ghana adopted the establishment and development of Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) as an integrated land use management approach to securing biodiversity and livelihoods in protected and off-reserve areas in 2000. The two CREMAs need to be optimized to achieve their full potential and bridge the gap between the conservation needs of Mole National Park and the livelihoods needs of communities around the park. The Muguru-Mognori CREMA and the Kumbo CREMA have seen the establishment of physical structures that constitute the CREMA and development of a variety of livelihood interventions. This four year project has five main objectives which are: 1) Extend and establish two new CREMAs in Kpulumbo, Bawena, Grubagu and Wawato; 2) Make the regulatory and legislative frameworks of the CREMAs effective for long-term conservation of the areas; 3) Empower communities to undertake local off-reserve biodiversity monitoring and regulate access and utilisation for accelerated fauna recruitment and flora regeneration in the CREMA areas; 4) Facilitate the evolution of CREMAs into REDD+ initiatives at the sub-national project level; 5) Provide support for the diversification of traditional production systems and value added commercialisation of traditional non-timber savannah products (NTSPs).
The project will use CREMAs as an ecosystem management approach to facilitate and encourage sustainable land use management systems and best practices. The project will explore piloting REDD plus in the CREMAs which have been identified as good platforms to pilot REDD plus in Ghana Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP), to secure long-term financing streams for the We work with Collaborative Unit of the Mole National Park of the Forestry Commission of Ghana, and partner with several EA partners in Ghana and other government agencies and non-state actors to Ensure the achievement of the set objectives.
Expected livelihoods results
1) Organise women in shea trade and acquire premium pricing through fair trade markets
Goal: 70% of women in shea trade getting fair trade markets for shea products.
2) Provide start-up input support for 150 individual beekeeping enterprises in new CREMAs - 150 new beekeeping enterprises provided with start-up inputs
3) Provide start-up input support for pilot free range grasscutter farm in Murugu and Grubagu - Free range grasscutter farms set up in three CREMAs.
4) Provide low-cost new castle vaccination and deworming veterinary services for livestock and poultry in target communities; Annual new castle vaccination carried for 80% of poultry in target communities.