By: Peter Agengre
The Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) model was adopted to help conserve and increase the forest area of the country and to encourage wildlife management at the community level.
At a day’s workshop in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region a research team from the faculty of Natural Resources and Environment of the University for Development Studies, UDS, shared some of the research findings on a proper adaptive management of CREMAs.
It was a platform for stakeholders to share inputs of the findings and also give alternative for the implementation of the idea.
A Vice Dean of the faculty of Natural Resources and Environment Professor Bernard Baatuwie said, “we have gone to the field and interacted with stakeholders, community members and government institutions and NGOs that are operating within the landscape. The information we gathered indicate that the project would help in the planting of more trees, which will serve as wind breaks, check erosion and also generate employment opportunities.”
Prof. Bernard Baatuwie, the faculty at UDS has been mandated to find out what information is available, or can be generated so that they can be used to manage these resources sustainably.
“We have gone to the field with a team of researchers. We interacted with stakeholders and we have gathered some information. We didn’t reach everybody but we did sampling which we think is representative. This will then be presented to the stakeholders while we share the similarities if there are any. At the end of the day, we will discuss how we can come together to build an alternative management system so that we can manage these resources sustainably” Prof. Baatuwie explained.
Participants from the Wildlife Division, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forestry Commission, ORGIIS Ghana and traditional leaders operating within the landscape made inputs to the findings to impact positively on the livelihoods of inhabitants through the harvesting of non-timber forest products.
The workshop is part of the Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reduction Project (GSLERP) with funding support from government and the Forestry Commission of Ghana.
The Global Shea Alliance and United Nations Development Programme are proud to partner the engagement.