Canada and Ghana unite to restore a coastal lagoon
The Muni-Pomadze Ramsar site on the coast of Ghana includes a mangrove-fringed lagoon and sandy beaches, of global importance for nesting Green Turtles Chelonia mydas and waterbirds. However, the woodlands have been thinned by charcoal production, firewood collection and bush burning. During 2013-14, A Rocha Ghana worked with over 3,000 people from three adjacent villages to promote conservation and the more sustainable use of the habitats and planted over 15,000 mangroves in the degraded areas, which are now thriving. In 2016 a new project began, with two other villages, to restore local mangrove trees, build resilience against climate change and train women in the construction and use of fuel-efficient fish-smoking kilns.
On 9 January, the Honorable Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Prime Minister and Her Excellency Heather Cameron, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, paid a historic visit to the Canada-funded project.