Collaborative Ecosystems Conservation of Lake Bosumtwi

Lake Bosumtwi is situated within an ancient meteorite impact crater and occurs as the only natural lake in Ghana.

Leader: Prosper Antwi-Boasiako

Working to protect the only natural lake in Ghana

The CREMA approach.

Project Objectives

The objectives of this project which started in 2013 are to achieve sustainable conservation of the lake and its resources through a collaborative community approach by creating:

1. Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs),

2. Awareness creation through conservation education

3. Capacity building through the training of community volunteers and engaging communities in waste management.

It is envisaged that the project will contribute to reducing pollution, sustainable biodiversity management, improved waste management practices and improved livelihood options through the establishment of small scale enterprises.

Click on the links  to download the project’s  Progress Report 1 and Progress Report 2



Consultative meeting with community leaders

A meeting with community leaders and selected representatives from fringe communities around the reserve to build consensus and explain the project's objectives and its benefits.

Formation of Community Resource Management Committees (CRMC)

Selected members from fringe communities around the lake were put in committees to oversee the proper management of identified resource areas.

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.

Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Alternate Livelihood Initiatives

Training was also provided to stakeholders in alternate livelihood enterprises such as grass-cutter and snail rearing in a bid to reduce the dependence on the fisheries resources of lake for livelihood assurance.

Restoration of degraded zones around the lake

Overall, 5,500 tree species were planted in four key locations within the CREMA zones. Planted indigenous species include: Terminalia superba (1500 species), Nuclei diderrichii (1500), Ceiba pentandra (2000) and Cocos nucifera (500).

School children supporting tree planting exercises at degraded areas

school children were also involved in the process to conserve the lake

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