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Development of green value chains
as an innovative model for conservation

 

Ecosystems are subject to an accelerated degradation in the least developed tropical countries. Indeed, overexploitation of natural resources – for timber, fuel wood, charcoal, poaching, fishing, non-timber forest product for food and pharmacopoeia – together with often defective forest administrations, results in loss of biodiversity, at the expense of the poorest rural communities which depend on it. 

 

The project

 

The aim of the project is to offer an innovative model for biodiversity conservation based on the development of economic sectors for the benefit of local populations living in and around areas of high biodiversity. The purpose is to put the Economy at the service of biodiversity conservation.

The project aims at creating a strong Public-Private-Associative-Community partnership to develop, apply and sustain the model.

 

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The public sector, represented by AFD and CEPF who cofund the project, liaises with the private sector (cosmetics and food companies) which supports the development of value chains and buys the natural products, whereas the associative sector represented by Noé and the CSOs involved implement the activities in collaboration with the community organizations in charge of natural resource management.

This 3-year project (January 2018 - December 2020) aims at developing sustainable value chains in the surroundings of Protected Areas, in collaboration with five NGOs: A Rocha Ghana, Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC), Northcode , West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA), and Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS).

It specifically seeks to:

  • Contribute to the development of five sustainable value chains around three protected areas: shea butter and honey around the Mole National Park, cocoa around Kakum Conservation Area, coconut oil, cocoa and cassava around the Kwabre-Tanoé transboundary forest.
  • Improve community-based biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. The project supports the establishment and the strengthening of Community-based governance mechanisms (Community Resource Management Areas - CREMAs) to ensure the sustainable management of natural resources.
  • Strengthening the civil society players, generating knowledge and sharing best practices to help meet the present and future challenges of biodiversity and economic development.

By combining the CREMA1 and Green Value Chain development2 model, the following results are expected:

  • 200,000 hectares of land sustainably managed by local communities;
  • 5 green value chains developed;
  • 5500 producers empowered with increased livelihood (of which 50% are women);
  • 200 elected community members trained and supported;
  • 100 patrollers trained and supported.

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Northcode and A Rocha Ghana aim to protect the Mole Ecological Landscape and improve livelihoods of local communities by developing organic shea butter and sustainable honey supply chains and strengthening five existing community-based natural resources governance structures – Community Resources Management Areas (CREMAs) to conserve and restore biodiversity.
For more information, here is the full presentation of the project.

Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC) intervenes on the outskirts of the Kakum Conservation Area, by developing ‘Climate Smart’ cocoa, to ensure long-term sustainable production and local economic development. NCRC contributes to the Ghana Cocoa-Forest REDD+ Programme by implementing a pilot HIA (Hotspot Intervention Area) in collaboration with local communities and stakeholders around Kakum - a multi-sectoral platform for the management or natural resources at the landscape level.
For more information, here is the full presentation of the project.

West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) and the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS) support the conservation of the Kwabre-Tanoé transboundary forest (13,300 ha). Together, they develop sustainable Green Value Chains (certified organic cocoa and coconut oil in Ghana, and cassava and Non Timber Forest Products in Côte d’Ivoire), and have initiated the creation of a community-managed transborder reserve to better preserve the forest and fight against illegal trafficking.
For more information, here is the full presentation of the project.

 

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1 The Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) is a community-based natural resources governance and management mechanism. The CREMA holds the power to manage its natural resources through the devolution of governance and management responsibility and authority by the Minister of Land and Natural Resources.

2 The development of green value chains includes optimizing the economic and social opportunities in an environmentally sustainable manner to improve standards of living of the local people.

 

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