A Rocha Ghana works throughout the country, from four field bases, to help communities protect some of the most biodiverse and threatened habitats: coastal fishing communities who depend on healthy mangroves; villages around the rainforest of Atiwa; farmers and fishermen at Lake Bosomtwe and the peoples of the arid savannah surrounding Mole National Park.
Lake Bosomtwe is one of the world’s six major meteoritic lakes and forms a forest and wetland ecosystem globally significant for its flora and fauna. Farming and fishing are the main livelihoods for the 24 indigenous communities around the edge, so the lake and its catchment are an economically significant part of their existence. Since 2005, A Rocha Ghana has worked with rural communities depending unsustainably on local natural resources. By introducing training and support in alternative livelihoods (such as Cane Rat rearing, beekeeping, snail and fungi farming) they are helping them to manage their land to benefit wildlife as well as meeting their own long-term needs.