Grassroots Power Engineering for Inclusive Environmental Governance (GPEIEG)
Project Background: Social and environmental factors including climate change are increasing gender inequalities and causing women to loss access to resources. In developing countries and emerging economies like Ghana, women and girls do not have adequate access to their rights to water, food security or a clean, healthy or safe environment. Women at the grassroots level play very important role in conservation and environmental sustainability, but often, their work and voice is not recognised and they are still largely absent from the decision making bodies that govern the use and control of natural resources.
Grassroots Power Engineering for Inclusive Environmental Governance (GPEIEG) is a project designed as a component of the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA). GAGGA is a strategic global partnership for grass-root lobby and advocacy to ensure women’s right and environmental justice. It “sets out to strengthen and unify the capabilities of grassroots groups to lobby and advocate with and for women to claim their rights to water, food security and a clean, healthy and safe environment”. The focus of the GAGGA project intervention is therefore on lobbying for gender responsive and gender transformative policies and practices related to water, food security and a clean, healthy and safe environment in recognition of the fact that unequal relations of power based on gender are a key cause of the violations of women’s rights to these issues. The GAGGA project is being implemented at global, regional and national levels led by grass-root environmental justice groups and movements. The global partners include Both ENDS, FCAM, Mama Cash and the World Resource Institute (WRI).
The GPEIEG project in Ghana is being implemented at the Keta Lagoon Complex Ramsar (KLCR) Site. The KLCR is the largest in Ghana of international importance for its conservation, economic and social development potential. It has a management area of 1200km2 and lagoon area of 300km2 with blackish water with influx of Volta River and three other rivers. The area is known for its eco-tourism potentials (bird watching, night turtle watching, etc) and various forms of livelihood such as fishing, farming, craft making, salt winning and mangrove exploitation.
Justification for Project
The KLCR is however under threat as a result of unsustainable use and poor governance systems and management practices. Coupled with these, women in the area have not been fully involved in local level decision making regarding the management of the place. Although women are largely involved in works or practices (eg. mangrove exploitation) that impact the area both positively and negatively, their active participation in the governance of the resource is inadequate. The capacities of women are also not fully enhanced to demand their rights to access to water, food security, and clean, healthy or safe environment.
The Development Institute as an implementing partner seeks to support grass-root groups (rural women and youth activists) in the Keta Lagoon Complex Ramsar site in ensuring inclusive resources governance, ecosystem restoration and economic opportunities in ten communities of the KLCR. The project will empower target groups to take responsibility in natural resources governance, engage duty bearers and enhance their livelihoods. A multi-stakeholder for resource management and land use planning and restoration activities is to be institutionalized based on the negotiated approach. It will also lobby and advocate for social changes, policy development and implementation.
- Women and youth activist groups empowered to engage duty bearers (including government, private sector, traditional authorities) to claim the rights to development in a secured environment;
- Institutionalize the “Keta Basin Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue and Action Platform (KBMDAP)” for regular discussions on issues and solutions for sustainable management of the Keta Basin;
- Inclusive livelihood security options strengthened; Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), craft village and three value chains developed;
- Women and youth led restoration of 100 acres of degraded lands including boundary buffer zones.
Project Duration: June 2016 - June 2020
Global Partners: Both ENDS, FCAM, Mama Cash and the World Resource Institute (WRI)
Local Partners: Keta, South Tongu & Ketu South District Assemblies, Wildlife Division/ KLCR site management, Traditional Authorities, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Cooperatives, Ghana Tourist Authority, NBSSI, AGI, TOAGA, Water Resources Commission.
Funding Support: Both ENDS