By going the landscape approach, we provide tools, approaches, and concepts for allocating and managing land to achieve social, economic, and environmental goals where there is a mix of agriculture, natural resource extraction (mining, logging, etc.) & other land use types that threaten environmental & conservation objectives. We synthesize this in our cutting-edge publication (Making Landscapes Work) as a way of responding to the growing demand of society about environmental and developmental tradeoffs.
There are approx. 215 species classified as threatened. This is primarily due to the loss of habitat and pressure from humans & their activities. 22 species are classified as Endangered species and require immediate attention. We advocate for the conservation of these species through research, education & awareness creation, developing species recovery plans, provision of alternative livelihood schemes for communities, mgt of human-wildlife encounters, and provision of incentives for mgt of the species.
Our work includes 4 commodities that are essential to the growth of the national economy and the livelihoods of local communities. These include cocoa, cashew, coffee, and sheanut. In all these, we work through a multi-stakeholder dialogue process policy and law reforms, farmers support programs, and economic benefits for the sustainability of the industry and the environment as a whole.
Our work is currently in 1 Strict Nature Reserve (Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve), 6 National parks (Kakum, Bia, Bui, Mole, Digya, and Ankasa National Parks) and a host of Forest Reserves and Resource Reserves. We also work with communities to establish Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) in off reserve areas as part of our community-based natural resource management strategy.
We recognize local governance structures and their authority as a driving force for sustainable development at the local level. We therefore devote majority of our resources to empower traditional authorities to properly administer the commons in their areas based on scientific data we jointly collect. We also recognize them as the owners of the resources and thus see their involvement in local conservation efforts as key to the success of our initiatives.
Majority of farms in Ghana are in small holdings and as such depend on the family for labour. These farmers are usually poor and undernourished. Supporting these farmers and their families is therefore crucial in poverty alleviation, enhancing human wellbeing and improving the ecological health of ecosystems where they cultivate. We support several smallholding families to acquire skills that enables them to undertake other ventures that are non-agragian thereby adding a second income stream as a risk reducing measure against climate change and other risk factors.