Developing Community Network For Sustainable Land Management And Poverty Reduction In The Gburumani – Dimabi Traditional Area Of The Tolon Kumbugu District


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Developing Community Network For Sustainable Land Management And Poverty Reduction In The Gburumani – Dimabi Traditional Area Of The Tolon Kumbugu District


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Total: $23,000;

Sources of Financing: GEF SGP


2008 - 2009



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Increasing land degradation caused by wildfires, apathy, pressure on Savannah woodland resources, over extraction of wood and medicinal plants and the use of inappropriate farming technologies has led to erratic rainfall pattern, overgrazing, poor agricultural yields, low household income, gender inequality and out migration in the Gburumani – Dimabi traditional area. In recent past, land was very fertile and biodiversity was more admirable because traditional law was held in high esteem coupled with low population pressure. As time went by population increased and traditional law slackened to give way to serious land degradation. The problem still persist because majority of the people still eke out a living from the natural environment on non - sustainable basis and if appropriate action is not taken to reverse the situation, the area will soon be a desert.

In the past the land was very fertile and the bulk of the population relied on it for their daily sustenance. The land could regenerate itself after damage because there were no large numbers of burrowed pits created in the name of regraveling and reshaping of roads. Farming activities were at a smallholder level and not mechanized. Economic trees such as Shea, Dawadawa, Mango and many others were not felt for wood fuel. The biodiversity situation was one of the best and it was easy to get non-forest wood products such as indigenous fruits, medicinal herbs, material for basket weaving and grasses to roof homes. The secret that sustained these activities was steadfastness of the people to traditional laws and norms, which has broken down of late due to modernity and religion.

Currently, the land is degraded at a speedy rate with wildfires at the top of the list. None of the roads on the project area is tarred as such it calls for regraveling and reshaping annually. This has raised the number of borrowed pits from 18 to 35 within four years. All of which are left unattended. Subsistence farming has given way to mechanized farming and over 1,000 trees are uprooted annually to expand rice farms. The situation is worsened by the fact that economic trees are used for wood fuel with impunity especially on festive occasions. If actions are not taken immediately to safeguard the situation, most of the land would be degraded in future. To forestall this problem the Community Based Organizations Network Land Restoration Project was initiated with the goal of using local resources such as indigenous knowledge, skills, material and labour to restore degraded land in the Gburumani – Dimabi traditional area through natural regeneration creation, tree growing, wildfire prevention, creation of medicinal plant gardens, reinstatement of burrowed pits, and introduction of modern farming technologies for the socio – economic well being of the people.

The project is in line with GEF’s effort to restore degraded land and reverse the threat of desertification globally. Besides, it is in line with Forestry and EPA policy to improve degraded land in Ghana. Furthermore, the Northern Regional Coordinating Council and the Tolon/Kumbungu District Assembly in collaboration with all districts in the region campaigns against wildfire to make the natural environment green to make poverty history.

The main objective of this project is to restore 500 acres of degraded land to improve biodiversity and agricultural production as well as encourage co –management of environmental resources among community members in a sustainable manner by the end of year 2009.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. To raise awareness on wildfire prevention, appropriate pesticide management, modern farming technologies, natural regeneration establishment, medicinal plant garden establishment, dry season vegetable farming and sustainable environmental resource management created.
  2. To establish five hundred (500) acres of natural regeneration, 200 acres of medicinal plants and 300 acres of indigenous fruit trees in 5 communities in the project area.
  3. To reduce poverty rate through the provision of alternative livelihood support in Moringa farming, Jatropha farming, small ruminants, and guinea fowls production to farmers as well as micro- credit and shea butter extraction to 150 women.

Expected Results
  • Developed and sustained the capacities of 70% of local community in natural resource management.
  • At least 70% of degraded land restored through wildfire prevention, natural regeneration establishment, medicinal plant gardens establishment and improved soil fertility techniques.
  • At least 60% of distress farmers introduced to sustainable livelihood support in Moringa farming, Jatropha farming, small ruminants and guinea fowls production to farmers as well as micro- credit and shea butter extraction to 150 women.

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See also

  1. Managing the Threat of Floating Aquatic Weeds and Restoring the Vegetation Cover of Lower Volta Basin to Conserve Biodiversity of the Volta River in the Torgome Traditional Area in The North Tongu District Of The Volta Regions
  2. Kunyukuo solar water supply, and ecological sanitation management systems, Ghana
  3. Integrated Project on Aquatic Weeds Management for the Protection of International Waters and Sustainable Land management in the Lower Volta Basin Area of Tsetsekpo and Sayikope communities
  4. Integrated Community-Based Biodiversity Conservation Reforestation of degraded lands, and sustainable fisheries development in Fievie Community and along the Volta River, Ghana
  5. Golinga community integrated solar water supply, and sanitation management systems, Ghana
  6. Community-based biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of Mamdowodindo and Nana Busua Wetlands/lagoons in the Ahanta West District, Ghana
  7. Community-based Integrated Coastal Zone Management for enhanced agricultural biodiversity and improved rural livelihood in Amlakpo, Adodoajikope, Asigbekope and Kenya in the Dangbe East District
  8. Access to Water and Sanitation in Ghana for Persons with Disabilities: Findings of a KAP Survey
  9. Abriem Community Integrated water supply and sanitation management systems, Ghana

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