PROJECT HISTORY & AIMS
WAPCA is a local non-governmental organisation working in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to preserve and protect the endangered primates of West Africa through community empowerment and education.
Projects in 2016/17 include the Tano-Ankasa Community Forest project, where communities are being empowered to protect the forests which have become unsustainable due to deforestation and hunting and working with the local people to educate them on the perils of keeping primates as pets.
The project has five main aims;
1) Protect and enhance 2,500 hectares of community-owned virgin rainforest through the transformation of the Kwabre Rainforest into a federated Community Resource Management Area (CREMA).
2) Reduce illegal activities in the rainforest through the training and implementation of community patrols.
3) Improve the health of the rainforest through the reforestation of areas degraded by illegal lumbering and mining.
4) Create sustainable community-managed agro-forestry plantations to reduce harvesting of forest products and clear-cutting of virgin forests for large scale export commodities.
5) Lay the foundation for a Trans-border Community-managed Forest Reserve between the Kwabre Rainforest in Ghana and the Tanoé Community Forests in Côte d’Ivoire.
Other activities in 2017 included:
- Reforestation projects, where eight tree nurseries were established to raise seedlings to replant.
- Progress towards the establishment of a Trans border community managed forest
- Training forty people to conduct rainforest patrols and collect bio data.
- The continuation of the Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) who meet regularly to discuss issues of concern in the wider community.
HOW IS AFRICA ALIVE! SUPPORTING WAPCA?
Africa Alive! has donated £4,000 to WAPCA in the past two years.
For more information go to www.wapca.org.
Photos courtesy of WAPCA.