- GREENGLOBE GHANA
Physical Location: Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana.
Vision: A world of no poverty, all persons enjoy equal rights and dignity with confidence as citizens to the advancement of our communities.
Mission: To galvanizing the energies and resources of rural communities to wards conscious environmental programs that have the capacity to alleviate poverty and create wealth.
Programme Focus: Biodiversity Conservation, Human Rights, Community Development, Natural Resource Management/Forest Advocacy
Some Major Successes
- Fighting environmental degradation and conserving biodiversity by organizing cooperatives to replant the endangered mangroves in Keta Wetlands, particularly Gbatsive and Salo communities.
- Collaborated with Dept of Cooperative Keta to assist Co-operate fish processing and marketing societies at Atorkor and Woe to cultivate woodlots and also train the women in group dynamic skills and group management.
- Capacity building for Organic Mango Out Growers Association (OMOA) in Kumbumgu, Dipale, Savelegu, Bagurugu, Tamaligu, Yepale, Gushie, Yapalisi, Zankaleand Janga. USADF extended financial support to expand the membership of (OMOA) and also to build their capacity in various ways including leadership skills to enable them manage their farms effectively.
- Improving forest Governance through Community level participation and community based Forest Forums in communities in the Kalakpa Forest fringe communities of the Volta Region of Ghana to ensure that communities, local authorities and community based organizations are organized, trained to participate in forest management decision making process as defined in the Legality Assurance System of the FLEGT / VPA in Ghana.
2. Rural Environmental Care Association (RECA)
Physical Location: Plot # 5, Community 19 Annex, Lashibie.
Vision: to seek a world where community people will be well equipped with the relevant knowledge and capacities and have the confidence to advocate for and have access to the necessary resources that will help them to sustainably improve their lives
Mission: to accomplish is to assist marginalise people to realise their potentials and that of the environment and to harness those potentials towards a sustainable development and improvement of their socio-economic livelihoods
Programme Focus: Human Rights, Mining advocacy, Forest advocacy, Biodiversity Conservation and management, Natural Resource management, Security of Land Tenure, Processes for community empowerment, Local governance for rural development, Child Rights/Elimination of child labor (cocoa and mining), Governance (Political space), Gender, Health (Malaria and Hiv/Aids)
Some Major Successes
- Won the confidence of the Community members, the District Assemblies and the traditional Authorities in the Wassa West District, Wassa Amenfi East and West District, Kwaebibrim and West Akim District.
- Facilitated relationship amongst extractive industries and communities in their operational area and ensured social accountability through the use of community score card.
- Facilitated processes that have led to establishment of models of farm forest in cocoa farms in 30 communities in western region.
- Successfully became a fund manager fund and a coordinating for a project dubbed “Assessing the socio-economic implications of industrial biofuel plantations: Repercussions of Jatropha curcas on rural land use alienation and conflict escalation in Ghana and Ethiopia”.
An award received from Netherland organization for Scientific Research/WOTRO Science for Global Development on the Conflict and Cooperation Over Natural Resources (CoCooN) programme.
- Implemented Ecosystem Alliance (EA) Project. The EA Ghana country programme focuses on the rural poor who depend to a great extent on well-functioning ecosystems for their livelihoods: (1) Cocoa producing small holders – around three million people- in the tropical forest belt in the Centre, Southwest and the Southeast of the country. The programme justifies its choice for cocoa producing small holders on the premise that current conventional cocoa production is a leading cause of deforestation and negatively impacts the livelihoods of communities that live from cocoa production;
Rural communities living in and around protected areas and wildlife corridors in the northern region. Justification for the rural communities in the north lies in the fact that (a) the conservation areas do not contribute enough to the livelihoods of the neighboring communities and (b) local livelihoods in this region are threatened by unsustainable agricultural practices, overgrazing and destruction of vegetation cover due to charcoal production.
- The CREMA frameworkis the main tool that will be used to implement the project activities. It has been efficient and effective in developmental agendas targeting rural communities. Its adaptive nature makes it very essential for the EA programme.Facilitated processes that had led to establishment of a platform for land and forest forum on the Wassa West District, Kwaebiberem and West Akim District
- Brought together major migrant farmers and landowners who initially had major land and community tension in and around Nuakokrom, Dompim, Simpa and Abumpuniso, all in the Wassa West District.
- Facilitate process that has led to establishment of management bodies that look into Water and sanitation in the Wassa West District and are implementing their plans now.
- Facilitated smooth dialogue between Anglogold Ashanti and Abumpuniso (Wassa Community) and its surroundings over the demarcation of boundary between Anglogold concession and Awodua traditional land. Demarcation is in progress.
- Through interactions and gender mainstreaming designs, women now participate in decision making on water, land and forest.
- Facilitated activities in communities that have led community members to become aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding natural resource issues. Communities have negotiated with timber companies working in the area to provide essential infrastructural needs and compensation paid like in Nuakokrom, Dompim and Abumpuniso.
Caregivers for People Living with HIV/AIDS now involve in income generation activities in Bakery, catering, tailoring and farming through micro-finance activities undertaken in the WASH project