Mangroves serve as boundary ecosystems, straddling our coastland and the Ocean. They serve as carbon stores, fish factories, sites for biodiversity, coastal defences and support the livelihoods of coastal dwellers. In spite of the critical role mangroves play, Ghana’s mangrove resources have suffered substantive losses to infrastructure development, salt panning, fuelwood production, erosion and aquaculture development. Mangrove loss has had repercussions for both local populations and to a larger extent, our planet. Land, people’s homes and properties, and even lives have been lost as storms occasionally rip through especially, the Keta-Anlo landscape where once mangroves acted as natural sea defences. Conservation and restoration of degraded mangroves remain a key priority in our strategy for the next five years.
Recognizing the benefits that mangrove re-establishment will bring, we have initiated a two-year community-driven project, “Keta-Anlo Mangrove Restoration Initiative (KAMRI)” to restore degraded mangroves in the Keta-Anlo landscape. We are initially rolling out the planting of 110 hectares of degraded mangroves, which is expected to be completed by 2024. Having learnt our lessons from the successes and failures of some past restoration projects, we are employing sound restoration science to enhance the conservation of biodiversity, whiles providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for coastal dwellers. We shall harness the available cutting-edge technology to track and communicate the progress and best practices from our restoration efforts. We shall be working with the research community towards producing our planting stocks from high genetic quality sources.
Around the world, many children are neglected due to their poverty. They can eat food properly, and can not go to school. So parents send those children to work for a small amount of money. As a result, they are not getting their right. It is shameful for us. So to make sure the rights of poor children who are neglected we are working on this event. Called promoting the rights of poor children.