Technical staff of A Rocha-Ghana and a community women’s group member collect field data in the West Gonja District in Northern Ghana to help plan forest restoration activities in areas degraded by charcoal production. This work is part of an effort by the Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) and SERVIR West Africa to help local, regional, and national stakeholders develop a tool based on earth-observation technology to identify and monitor charcoal production sites and survey tree cover density change. The resulting maps serve as a useful advocacy tool for engaging stakeholders and decision-makers at the district, local, and community levels in designing climate change mitigation interventions and addressing behavior change. Charcoal production degrades forests in many African countries, and successful programs to reduce this degradation either by preventing it in the first place or reforesting degraded land can yield valuable lessons for other geographies facing similar challenges.
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Densu Estuary, Ghana. September 10, 2019. A member of the Densu Oyster Pickers Association (DOPA) looks at some of the 20,000 mangrove seedlings her women's association has planted during a boat trip to monitor oyster habitat conditions. On the Densu Delta, overharvesting, a new dam that reduces salinity in the water and mangrove degradation have contributed to declining oyster populations. USAID's Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is supporting work in Ghana, Indonesia, and the Philippines to address women's empowerment, access to finance, and sustainable fisheries management. Here, IUCN hears from the women of DOPA, supported by USAID's Sustainable Fisheries Management Program (SFMP) in Ghana, during a field mission in innovating and implementing ecosystem approaches to fisheries management, which includes repopulating important oyster habitats: mangroves.
This project improved water access to six beneficiary communities through decentralized water treatment kiosks and improved sanitation facilities and hygiene behaviors for schools in those communities. Over 5,000 students and teachers gained water and sanitation access at school. Over 1,000 people gained household water access and six schools were measurably impacted by project activities. Ultimately, 60,000 people with limited water access were reached through the kiosks.