Participatory landscape management

Published: 12 April 2016
Last edited: 19 April 2017
Degradation of mangrove resources at the site led to loss of biodiversity undermined the ecological integrity of the site. This also affected the livelihood of community members who are predominantly fisherfolks. As part of efforts to restore the ecological integrity of the site, community members volunteered and supported efforts by A Rocha Ghana to replant degraded mangrove areas along the lagoon shore. Subsequently, it has improved the recovery of biodiversity at the site with records of migratory birds increasing as well as reports of increased fish recruitment for fisherfolk due to availability of spawning grounds for fish.

Classifications

Category
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Local
Phase of solution
Implementation

Enabling factors

1. Increased awareness of impacts of anthropogenic activities on both biodiversity and livelihood. 2. Participatory planning of project design and implementation. 3. Good leadership ensures successful project outcomes.

Lessons learned

Salinity levels can affect the growth of mangroves species planted at a site. Though diversification of species planted is important in supporting biodiversity, the history of the site being planted and feasibility of species survival should be considered so as to maximize resources used in restoration activities. The wider environment where restoration activities such as tree/mangrove planting are done should be monitored regularly to forestall incidents of domestic animals feeding on the planted area due to their proximity to living quarters’ of community members. If there are any such areas, these should be secured to prevent loss of plants to domestic animals.