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Ghana:

CONSERVATION FACTORY

Ghana has one of the largest artificial lakes called Lake Volta. In addition, there are only some smaller lakes in the country and one natural lake. The only natural lake of Ghana is located in the Ashanti uplands, within an ancient meteorite impact crater and is called Lake Bosomtwe. The Ashanti consider Bosomtwe as a sacred lake. According to traditional belief, the souls of the dead come here to bid farewell to the god Asase Ya. Due to the siltation and farming activities in buffer areas around the lake the spatial expansion of Lake Bosomtwe is shrinking. As a result of this process fish stocks are decreasing rapidly, ecosystem services are changing and villagers near the lake are negatively impacted.

The restoration of Lake Bosomtwe

Based on these findings and the fact that Lake Bosomtwe is seen as a sacred lake the Country Unit in Ghana discussed together with stakeholders and based on a needs assessment an innovative concept which involves the restoration of Lake Bosomtwe. The idea behind the concept “Conservation Factory” is to communicate to stakeholders that conservation is a product which is to be manufactured at different tiers and with different players. To empower this idea it is important to conduct campaigns and raise awareness of local residents and stakeholders to understand and appreciate the ecological and economic value of Lake Bosomtwe, particularly the impact on the people living there. It it’s also important to build community capacities and interact with women, men and youth which are living around the lake in a dialogue and reclaim solutions to create a balance between nature conservation and improved livelihood.

 

Therefore the Country Unit developed an implementation strategy in which they

  • aim to build a pedestran path (board walk) with solar lights at night around the lake;
  • create for commercial entities that compliment conservation in communities along the path;
  • ensure re-forestation of buffer areas of lake as well as degraded hill sides using fast growing indigenous species that can will serve immediate local needs;
  • promote Eco-tourism as a conservation tool.

As summary, an implementation of the concept will promote social cohesion, empower community members to appreciate and feel responsible to maintain the lake and the area around to ensure a sustainable environment. In this context it will also encourage community members to generate wealth via commerce and trade while taking care of their environment and while sustaining the conservation buffer areas around the lake. Thus will not just create jobs and improve economic activities, it will also improve livelihood of villagers and ensure a sustainable living.

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Ghana

Future4Nature Ghana
Conservation Factory - Lake Bosomtwe
The only natural lake of Ghana is located in the Ashanti uplands, within an ancient meteorite impact crater and is called Lake Bosomtwe. The Ashanti consider Bosomtwe as a sacred lake. Due to the siltation and farming activities in buffer areas around the lake the spatial expansion of Lake Bosomtwe is shrinking. Based on these findings and the fact that Lake Bosomtwe is seen as a sacred lake the Country Unit in Ghana discussed together with stakeholders and based on a needs assessment an innovative concept which involves the restoration of Lake Bosomtwe. The idea behind the concept “Conservation Factory” is to communicate to stakeholders that conservation is a product which is to be manufactured at different tiers and with different players. Read more...

Germany Future4Nature Germany

The Nature Lab
Nature, biodiversity and ecosystems are globally under severe threat. Despite of the fact that many people have a positive attitude towards nature and its conservation, we see biodiversity and ecosystem losses at an alarming rate. Seeking innovative solutions for these challenges needs the involvement of new groups of people from a wider range of professions and expertise. There is a rising awareness that a good life and thriving business for all is only sustainable with functioning ecosystem services in a healthy environment – locally and globally. However, there is still a gap between knowing and doing – people are aware of the threat but do not act – so it is time to turn knowledge into action. Read more...

Indonesia future4nature Indonesia

Local conservation agents for sustainability
Global drivers like industrialization, high energy consumption and a rising demand for raw materials lead to uncontrolled mining and lodging as well as unprecedented greenhouse gas emissions, often at the cost of the local communities. Our planetary boundaries are already being exceeded in some cases. Developing and emerging countries are particularly threatened by climate change and the resulting change of ecosystem services because their livelihoods often rely directly on the health and productivity of natural resources. People have to become aware of the fact that an overuse or inefficient use of resources affects the quality of life profoundly for present and future generations. Read more...

Mexicofuture4nature Mexico

Think outside the box
Mexico is one of the twelve countries in the world with the highest biodiversity. It hosts between 10 and 12 % of the biological diversity on only 1,5% of the surface of the planet and more than 2.500.000 people live in natural protected areas. One of the most important challenges for the country in the upcoming years is to preserve the unique natural heritage and to make it useful for economic development as well as for social justice. Bridging the gap between these aspects isn´t easy to manage but the Mexican Country Unit developed an innovative concept which focus on the important topic of sustainable nature conservation which contributes to the protection of the natural heritage. Read more...

Effects

  • Key persons are ready to engage in the innovation factory
  • Competences in project planning and implementation are improved
  • Learn from one another
  • Organisational, financial and human resource requirements are available
  • Self organisation
  • Joint project planning