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ENHANCING PARTICIPATORY PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF CAPE THREE POINTS KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA

The Cape Three Points Forest Reserve (CTPFR) is the only coastal forest in Ghana and among the few remaining coastal rainforest reserves in West Africa.  Since 1999 the forest has been recognized as a Globally Significant Biodiversity Area (GSBA) and an Important Bird Area (IBA) because of its exceptionally high level of biological diversity. Recent surveys conducted in the reserve…

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Lower Ankobra River Basin Livelihoods Improvement and Biodiversity Conservation Project

Lower Ankobra River Basin Livelihoods Improvement and Biodiversity Conservation (LABLIBiC) Project Despite its ecological importance,  functions, and socio-cultural values, the Lower Ankobra River Basin (LARB) located in the Western Region of Ghana, is threatened by the following activities ; farming along the river banks, over-exploitation of  timber through illegal chainsaw operations, clearing of forest to pave way for illegal (galamsey)…

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Building Sustainable Fishing Businesses through Legal Protection of Communal Mangrove Ecosystems

BUSAC and its development partners (DANIDA, the EU and USAID) is supporting Hen Mpoano to contribute to sustainable fishing businesses through legal protection of communal owned mangrove ecosystems in the Ellembelle and Nzema East Districts. Destruction of the mangrove ecosystem which serves as habitat, nursery and spawning grounds for major marine fish species has been a factor accounting for the decline…

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Far Dwuma Nkodo: Securing Sustainable Fisheries

Hen Mpoano in partnership with EJF is working to improve the lives of fishers and promote food security across Ghana. We’ll work with almost 60 communities across the 10 districts in Ghana’s Central Region and in the Volta Estuary in a bid to safeguard marine resources for current and future generations of local fishers.  Hen Mpoano and EJF, through this  three-year project,…

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Enhancing the management and conservation of Elasmobranchs and Billfishes in Ghana

Globally managing marine resources is a contentious and complicated process because of the varied and competing objectives of the users of these resources. Large pelagics like the sharks, skates, and rays known as elasmobranchs are part of the fascinating creatures of the seas. They come in many sizes and shapes – from the giant whale shark and the large manta…

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Sustainable Fisheries Management Project

Hen Mpoano has been selected as one of the implementing partners for the five-year Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP). The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed approximately $24 million dollars to the SFMP to contribute to food security in Ghana. The Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, USA (CRC), is…

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Community Conversation

Phase Two of WRCF- Community Conversation Project Takes Off The second phase of the Western Region Coastal Foundation (WRCF) Community conversation Project has taken off in the Nzema East and Ellembelle districts. Dubbed “Improving Community-Government-Power, Oil & Gas Companies Relationships through Participatory Engagement Processes to Enhance the Living Conditions of the People of Nzemaland”, it is being implemented jointly by…

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Coastal Wetlands

Hen Mpoano is collaborating with the US Forest Service International Programs to conserve the Greater Amanzule wetlands. In the local Nzema dialect, Amanzule means water for communities. The wetlands comprise vast mangrove forests, coastal lagoons, estuaries and peat swamp forests that support critical biodiversity, traditional livelihoods and the local fishing economy in the Western region of Ghana. Conservation of the…

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IUU Fishing

Saiko is a new form of IUU fishing identified in Elmina, Apam and Axim. It is a practice whereby the large foreign marine vessels invade the artisanal fisheries zone of the EEZ, deploy their heavy duty gear and catch fish of all species and sizes but mostly small juvenile fishes. The local fishermen buy this illegal catch out at sea….

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