Inspiring Guinness Ghana to invest in water resources

A Rocha Ghana
Published: 28 August 2020
Last edited: 28 August 2020
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Summary

Guinness Ghana has been involved in conservation efforts in the Densu River Basin, because of NGO A Rocha Ghana proactively engaging & motivating them to do so. At the Densu River Basin Stakeholder Mapping Engagement event organised by PricewaterCoopers and commissioned by A Rocha, Guinness Ghana had shown awareness of the importance of water resources, but couldn’t go further because they were facing a water pollution crisis. To inspire the company, the NGO & the Ghanaian Forestry Commission organised a work visit for the company to Ecuador to witness other organizations’ work on water-related ecosystem services, and A Rocha connected with dedicated individuals within the company. Since then, the business has financially supported riverine vegetation restoration activities in the Densu River Basin and Atewa Range Forest Reserve. A Rocha Ghana also invites Guinness Ghana to share their sustainability efforts at public events &outreach activities, to strengthen their relationship.

Classifications

Region
West and Central Africa
Scale of implementation
Local
National
Ecosystem
Forest ecosystems
Freshwater ecosystems
River, stream
Tropical evergreen forest
Theme
Access and benefit sharing
Biodiversity mainstreaming
Ecosystem services
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Restoration
Sustainable financing
Water provision and management
Challenges
Land and Forest degradation
Loss of Biodiversity
Conflicting uses / cumulative impacts
Ecosystem loss
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Sustainable development goals
SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
SDG 14 – Life below water
SDG 15 – Life on land
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 2: Biodiversity values integrated
Target 4: Sustainable production and consumption
Target 5: Habitat loss halved or reduced
Target 7: Sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and forestry
Target 10: Ecosystems vulnerable to climate change
Target 11: Protected areas
Target 14: Ecosystem services
Target 15: Ecosystem restoration and resilience
Target 17: Biodiversity strategies and action plans
Target 19: Sharing information and knowledge
Target 20: Mobilizing resources from all sources
Business engagement approach
Direct engagement with a company

Location

Ghana | Densu River Basin, the Atewa Range Forest Reserve

Impacts

Guinness Ghana had previously worked on CSR activities such as building boreholes for communities, but A Rocha’s proactive engagement including informative dialogue within the Businesses in Environmental Stewardship Network (BESNet) has led the company to understand that they can do so much more as a business, potentially sparking future actions. The company is investing in the Green Water Ripples Project which is being implemented by A Rocha Ghana in collaboration with Water Resources Commission. The aim of the project is to restore and secure natural water sources in 6 communities in the Densu basin, the Eastern Region of Ghana.  Their investment in the Densu River Basin was the first time that they are working on this type of activity at this scale. This also constitutes a successful case study, evidence and motivation for other companies to notice, learn from, and follow.

Contributed by

Daryl Bosu A Rocha Ghana