Weto Range Slowly Greening

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Weto Range
Weto Range

The hitherto denuded mountain sides along the hills approaching Kpeve towards Nkwanta (WETO Range) is slowly greening as a result of an integrated community-based reclamation effort.

Weto RangeIt is under the UNDP supported Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative, (COMDEKS)-Ghana Project.

Over the past two years COMDEKS, working through various implementing Civil Society Organizations in environmental protectioncoming together as the Weto Platform, has been operating in the WETO Range seeking to maintain, rebuild and revitalize it.

Mr George Ortsin, National Coordinator, told a project evaluation workshop at Kpeve in the South-Dayi District that the project was gradually showing impact and virtually no bush fires in the Range over the period.

A project document showed that the implementing style was to provide ?powerful models for understanding the integration of the ecology and economics geared towards the restoration, conservation, and development of the sociological development landscape?.

Mr Ortsin said the basis of the evaluation was the baseline conducted to ascertain the socio-cultural and environmental conditions of the area before the onset of the project.

He said the project had resulted in 144 hectares of open forest becoming closed forest, open forest increasing by 568 hectares and 895 hectares of degraded land, replanted among others.

Mr Ortsin said in all 2,146 households directly benefited in the biodiversity and sustainable land management activities.

He recalled that on the onset of the project, most of the selected communities were experiencing increasing habitat destruction, unsustainable farming practices, inadequate livelihood support systems and weak institutional capacity to support conservation and production.

The workshop used field reports including video clips and pictures to tell the story of the progress achieved and later broke into groups to score performance.

Mr Ortsin said despite progress, people still thought the project was to alienate them from their land and that there were still a lot of work to do.

Mr Divine Odonkor, Local Project Coordinator, said besides bush fires there were numerous other activities that degraded the environment.

He said the Satoyama Initiative was the attempt to replicate the sustainable mountain side habitation in Japan.

Representatives of farmer groups, business groups, governance bodies, service providers and development partners attended the workshop.

GNA

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