|Ghana Wildlife Society|
The Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS) is our key partner in the Amansuri wetland. It is a non profit, non governmental organisation. Its aim is to conserve Ghanean wildlife and biodiversity and to ensure a better environment and improved quality of life for people, through the following:
It is currently running various projects in Ghana, the major ones being the following:
Amansuri Conservation and Integrated Development (ACID) ProjectThe Amansuri Conservation and Integrated Development (ACID) Project focuses on the conservation and management of the Amansuri wetland, a relatively pristine complex consisting of a fresh water lagoon, swamp forests, forests, grasslands and rivers. The Amansuri wetland has the most extensive remaining stand of intact swamp forest in Ghana. It has been classified as an Important Bird Area, and it also meets the criteria of the Ramsar Convention as Wetland of International Importance. However, its official designation as Ramsar site is still pending.
It is in the context of this wider effort in Amansuri that the GWS and Microsfere have agreed to join their forces and implement the microcreditproject in the communities within the wetland. In fact, Microsfere will reinforce GWS's past Small Enterprise Development and Support Fund (SEDSF) project, through additional funds and a different microcredit approach.
Inventory of Important Bird Areas (IBAs)As the Birdlife International partner in Ghana, GWS is heavily involved in the identification and monitoring of Important Birds Areas (IBAs). These are nationally and globally important areas for birds, which also provide an indicator of the diversity and conservation status of the environment on a site-by-site basis. In order for a site to be classified as an IBA, it must fulfil one or more of the following three conditions:
Afadjato Community Forest Conservation ProjectThe Afadjato Community Forest Conservation Project (ACFCP) was initiatedin 1998 by the Chiefs and People of the Gbledi Traditional Area as a result of their increasing concern about the degradation of the forest on the Mount Afadjato and adjoining ranges. Mount Afadjato is the highest mountain in Ghana, and is located in the Volta region, near the Togolese border.