Shared Resources Joint Solutions Project
Diverse factors have been reducing the resilience of ecosystems that support International Public Goods (IPGs) such as food, water, climate stability and biodiversity. Growing human population with increasing demands for natural resources puts ecosystems under heavy pressure in many places around the world. The security of the ecosystems is fundamental to the security of IPGs and human well being. Therefore, society has to balance short and long-term social, economic and sustainability interests to securing vital but fragile ecosystems.
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.
In Ghana, the project is jointly being implemented by The Development Institute and Arocha Ghana. The aim of the programme is to safeguard ecosystem-based IPGs such as water provisioning, food security and climate resilience as well as support joint CSO (Civil Society Organizations) led lobbying and advocacy actions for sustainably managed landscapes that provide the most essential ecosystem services on which local communities and broader economic development depend.
In Ghana, the SJRS project will focus on the Volta Basin which contributes significantly to Ghana’s economic development, i.e. through provision of vital water resources. The Ghana part of the Volta basin which is made up of a number of sub-basins and landscapes is one of the areas under serious threat. The main challenges include changes in water quality and seasonal flows, ecosystem degradation (e.g. through deforestation) and climate change.
The DI will work with various stakeholders within Weto Mountain Ecosystem (Traditional Area) including the Savannah areas of Kalakpa Resources Reserve whiles Arocha Ghana focuses on the Mole Ecological Landscape in the Northern Savannah zone.
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 programming 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
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
Local Communities, CSOs, Businesses, Government and Knowledge Institutions
September 2016 to August 2020