Hen Mpoano conceptualizes coastal landscapes as socio-ecological systems characterized by interrelationships and feedbacks between humans and the natural environment in the coastal zone. In the face of demographic changes, biodiversity decline, urbanization trends and climate change, coastal landscapes are confronted by an uncertain future. For this reason, we adopt integrated and participatory approaches and work at multiple scales, deploying a wide range of tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) to build resilient coastal landscapes.
Our strategies include conservation of aquatic and terrestrial forests and related wildlife, increasing uptake of climate-smart agriculture technologies, supporting local, municipal, regional and national land use and spatial planning processes as well as improving family planning and reproductive health of natural resource-dependent communities.
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Greater Amanzule Wetland Conservation Project
The Greater Amanzule Wetland (GAW) covers an estimated 50,000 hectares of land and water area and is a biologically diverse system comprising freshwater lagoons, rivers and mangrove forests. It has the most extensive remaining stand of intact swamp forest in Ghana and stretches from the Ankobra estuary to the Tanoe–Ehy marshes on Ghana’s southwestern border with Ivory Coast. It traverses three administrative boundaries – the coastal plains of the Ellembelle and Jomoro Districts and to a little extent, the Nzema East District.
This biologically rich resource is threatened by mangrove harvesting for fuelwood and charcoal production, infilling for infrastructure development and pollution. Underlying these threats are poor land use planning, urbanization patterns and population pressures. Over the long-term, the Greater Amanzule Wetland conservation program seeks to build resilient coastal landscapes, increase natural resources dependent-household incomes and improve ecosystem functions and services in this area.
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