CA holds 3rd National Steering Committee Meeting for the Trans-boundary Project
CA has held the 3rd National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting for the GEF-FAO Trans-boundary Project as part of the monitoring strategy to engage key stakeholders in Ghana. The objective of the Trans-boundary project is to establish a viable and sustainable trans-frontier conservation area that links forest reserves and protected areas in and around Bia (Ghana) and Diambarakro (Cote d’Ivoire).
The meeting brought together key stakeholders from various institutions including the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Focal Point at the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Wildlife Division of Ghana Forestry Commission, The community, Ghana Institute of Foresters, Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The meeting also provided the platform for project partners to discuss status of the project at Country level and approve the 2017 Work Plan for implementation.
In a presentation by the International Project Coordinator, Abigail Frimpong, the Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs), although an innovative concept to manage forests in Ghana, is currently facing a lot of challenges. She further reiterated that, other on-going initiatives within the landscape do not channel their forest management activities through the CREMAs to strengthen it. Additionally, she used the opportunity to call on government to address this issue and also support farmers with the cost involved in mitigating crop raiding activities by elephants.
Since the implementation of the project in 2015, the project has chalked significant success through activities such as; tree registration exercise, restoration of degraded farms and forest areas, capacity building for protected area staff, training farmers on human wildlife techniques (chili pepper fence method) and strengthening community management of forest and wildlife resources among others. This was achieved through the contribution and commitment shown by partners to achieve project outcomes.
Partners had fruitful deliberations during the NSC meeting and are optimistic the project will fully achieve its targeted outcomes by 2017. The activities outlined for Year 3 was approved by partners for implementation.
Henrietta Asiedu Public Relations and Communications Officer