• Conservation des écosystèmes
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Strengthening Conservation of LARB Biodiversity through the Creation of CREMA

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  • Bénéficiaire HEN MPOANO
  • Montant du projet 70 018 €
  • Subventions FFEM 35 005 €
  • État du projet en cours

The Lower Ankobra River Basin (LARB) which covers approximately 5,880 hectares of land and water areas of the southern downstream section of the Ankobra Basin falls within two administrative boundaries, namely Ellembelle and Nzema East Municipal areas in the Western Region of Ghana.

 

Riparian communities of the LARB depend heavily on the natural resources associated with the river basin and exploit them for their food and livelihood security resulting in the degradation of these resources. Swamp and terrestrial forests are sources of timber for housing construction; mangroves are harvested as fuel wood for fish smoking; fish from the river and estuary are harvested for household consumption and sale in local market; crocodiles, pangolin and monkeys from swamps and forests are illegally hunted as game for household consumption; riparian land is the main source of agricultural soils for food crop production. This is increasingly threatening the quality and extent of habitats for flora and fauna. Farming along the river banks is reducing its buffer, illegal chain-saw operations, clearing of forest for charcoal burning and poaching are all negatively impacting the ecosystem.

 

Despite its ecological functions and socio-cultural values, the Lower Ankobra River Basin (LARB) located in the Western Region of Ghana, is threatened by over-exploitation of timber for housing construction; mangroves for fish smoking; as well as poaching of crocodiles and monkeys as game meat for household consumption and sale in the local market.