PROJECT BRIEF

PROJECT TITLE: INCREASED RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN NORTHERN GHANA THROUGH THE MANAGEMENT OF WATER RESOURCES AND DIVERSIFICATION OF LIVELIHOODS”

1.0 Introduction:

The Government of Ghana (GoG), with funding from the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat is implementing a four-year project dubbed “Increased resilience to climate change in northern Ghana through the management of water resources and diversification of livelihoods”.

The project aims at addressing climate change-induced decreases in the availability and increasing unpredictability of water resources, and the associated negative impacts of these trends on the livelihoods of rural communities. It is expected to enhance the resilience and adaptive capacity of rural livelihoods to climate impacts and risks on water resources in Northern Ghana.

 

The objective of the project is expected to be achieved through key results centered on the improvement of water access and increase institutional capacity as well as coordination for integrated water management to support other uses of water resources especially for the diversification of livelihoods by rural communities. This will be done so by delivering the following three complementary outcomes:

·         Outcome 1: Improved planning and management of water resources taking into account climate change impacts on surface and groundwater sources

·         Outcome 2: Climate resilient management of water resources by communities in Northern Ghana

·         Outcome 3: Enhanced diversification of livelihoods of communities in northern Ghana

 

The project is being executed by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) of Ghana in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with close cooperation with sectoral ministries and agencies, NGOs and the private sector. Total budget is US$ 8,293,972.19 over the project duration of four (4) years.

 

1.1 Project Target Area

The Project target regions are Northern, Upper East and West Regions. In all ten (10) District Assemblies and a total of fifty (50) selected communities are benefitting directly from the project (see page 3). The target project areas were selected based on an assessment of district vulnerability.

 

1.2 Project beneficiaries

The project is expected to directly benefit 60,000 people from the target project regions and indirectly benefit over 8 million Ghanaians living along the Volta River Basin. It also expected to increase access to water and diversification of livelihood activities and increase income generation by 30% of the households in the target project communities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.0 Major interventions in the 50 communities over the four-year period

Intervention

Quantity

Desilt dams/dug outs

50

Drill boreholes

100

Support rain water harvesting

50

Mechanize high yielding boreholes/dugouts for irrigation

30

Install solar irrigation systems

30

Create buffer zones with fence

25

Support community based bee keeping with hives

20

Build capacity and supply of input to women groups in shea butter/groundnut oil extraction

20

Establish/adapt community nurseries for seedling production

40

Create fire belts

40

Introduce cage fishing in constructed/rehabilitated water bodies for community based fish farming

20

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