Shared Resources Joint Solutions Project
What is SRJS?
The SRJS programme is a partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Netherlands (IUCN NL), and World Wildlife Fund, Netherlands (WWF NL) under the ‘Dialogue and Dissent programme of the Dutch Government aimed at securing IPGs for improved livelihoods.
The long term goal of the programme is a “secured ecosystem-based IPGs - water provisioning, food security and climate resilience for improved livelihoods”. The programme is being implemented in 16 low and lower-middle-income countries including Ghana across nine eco-regions.
Diverse factors (such as deforestation) are reducing the resilience of ecosystems that support International Public Goods (IPGs) such as food, water, climate stability and biodiversity. In view of this, the SRJS programme seeks to address some of these challenges. The programme is jointly implemented in Ghana by The DI and Arocha Ghana and aims at increasing resilience of the Volta basin to climate change and human induced effects. The specific objective of the programme is to strengthen the resilience of ecosystems that support IPGs. Adoption and implementation of environmental policies that promote sustainability through strategic partnerships is also key on the agenda. Specifically, The DI will focus on the Weto landscape (further downstream bordering Lake Volta) including the Savannah areas of Kalakpa Resources Reserve whiles Arocha Ghana focuses on the Mole Ecological Landscape in the Northern Savannah zone.
The Weto Range comprises a variety of landscapes; predominantly mountains with a few isolated lowlands. The entire mountain stretch which is characterized by high biodiversity values is about 850km long with a total area of 343,549 ha. The DI will engage 11 communities within the area; support them to adopt and practice sustainable agriculture and forestry management in their activities. Local capacities will also be enhanced for effective participation in decision-making processes on natural resources management of the area. The DI will also engage the private sector to include sustainable practices in their operations. The DI again as part of this project will empower community representatives to lobby duty bearers to factor IPG issues from the community level in the District Medium Term Development Plan (DMTDP) formulation. At the end of this project, it is expected that communities will become more “environmentally inclined”; private businesses will practice more environmentally friendly business options and government will also include special budgetary allocations for IPGs in their DMTDPs.
Goal for SRJS IN Ghana
The goal of the Ghana programme is to ensure integrated landscape governance that supports the security of IPGs in the Volta Basin.
To achieve the goal, 3 main outcomes have been identified:
- Local community stewardship of Natural Resources (NR) enhanced
- Adoption of sustainable practices by businesses
- Governments at different levels enact and implement policies and regulations
To achieve desired results The DI will focus on these areas:
- Advocate for application of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach in water related management issues in the area
- Ensuring that gender and inclusiveness are adequately addressed in the work plan of District authorities through lobbying and advocacy
- Empowering and building capacity of local communities to participate in development and decision-making processes
- Policy analysis, lobby and advocacy for the addition of relevant elements to existing policies
- Private sector engagement in the landscape, focusing on small-holder businesses
- Establish multi-stakeholder partnerships including CSOs, local communities, private sector and government to ensure inclusiveness
Local Communities, CSOs, Businesses, Government and Knowledge Institutions
September 2016 to August 2020