Ghana

Through reforestation and agroforestry in our project in Ghana, we help combat poverty and create a resilient, future-proof ecosystem.

Status: Current project

Agroforestry and riparian forest in the Sahel

The Bongo District is one of the driest areas in the region. Due to desertification the shores of the VEA Dam are subjected to erosion and salinization. Trees for All joins forces to restore the original riparian forests and, by planting valuable tree species, create a more robust form of small-scale agriculture.

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Why is this project in Ghana needed?

The Bongo District is located in the Sahel and two thirds of its population lives below the poverty line. The project area possesses the water reservoir of the VEA Dam. Farmers depend on the dam for the irrigation of their lands and it provides drinking water for the surrounding villages. Large scale logging in combination with the effects of climate change have had a strong impact on the reservoir. The water is murky and the shores and adjacent fields are subjected to strong erosion.

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What are we doing?

In order to break this vicious circle Trees for All commits to planting 215.000 trees for agroforestry and reforestation of the riparian zones. Twenty villages are involved with the project and 1600 farmers will be trained in sustainable land use practices and tree maintenance. Besides valuable tree species like caschew and shea, a variety of native species will be planted. For example the Dawa dawa tree, a tree that grows pods with a local market value.

The goal of the Bongo project is to reverse the degradation of the land, to strengthen the protective functions of the river and to create jobs for the local farmers. Particularly for female and young, starting farmers. This way we combat poverty and protect the environment.

This project of Trees for All contributes to several
Sustainable Development Goals

1. No Poverty
13. Climate action
15. Life on land
6. Clean water and sanitation
17. Partnership for the goals

Where are we planting?

Planting will take place in the villages surrounding the VEA Dam reservoir.

Our partners

Tree Aid is our implementing partner. They have extensive experience with the sustainable use of land and natural resources in this area. Tree Aid has an experienced and dedicated team on the site to coordinate and monitor the project activities. The entire team is originally from the Bongo District and therefore speaks the local language. Besides their knowledge this is of great importance to gain the trust from the village communities.

Apart from Tree Aid we work together with the Blue Deal, a program from the Dutch ministry and waterboards with the aim to provide access to sufficient, clean and safe water to 20 million people in 2030. With our Bongo Project we actively contribute to this aim.

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“In Ghana people say ‘Water is life’. Water retention is crucial and trees have an important part to play.”

— Jaap Bos, Coordinator Blue Deal North-Ghana

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