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1 Drama Network / GEF SGP Project By Ben A. Sackey (Project Manager) Integrated Project on Aquatic Weeds Management for the Protection of International Waters and Sustainable Land management in the Lower Volta Basin Area of Tsetsekpo and Sayikope communities April 2008 – June 2009

2 That hurt me a lot, but I still keep loving you because I am your friend, unconditionally. I waited and waited but you never came… There are Water Weeds on the Lower Volta Basin because of: 1.Rate of flow highly reduced due to construction of dams on the river 2.Steady flow causing low turbidity and high transparency which enhances direct sunlight penetration and photosynthetic activity 3.High organic matter from human water-related activities combined with increased photosynthetic rate causes favorable conditions for algae bloom and water weeds proliferation

3 Social impacts of water weeds are 1.Weeds serve as habitat for the bilharzia snail 2.River fishing is impeded, especially the clam fishing industry 3.Sites for boat landing have been reduced 4.Water collection sites have also reduced 5.Harbors reptiles and dangerous animals 6.Fatalities resulting from drowning within the weeds 1.Weeds serve as habitat for the bilharzia snail 2.River fishing is impeded, especially the clam fishing industry 3.Sites for boat landing have been reduced 4.Water collection sites have also reduced 5.Harbors reptiles and dangerous animals 6.Fatalities resulting from drowning within the weeds

4 What is Ghana doing about the weeds? 1.Lower Volta Environmental Impact Studies (LVEIS) by the Volta River Authority (VRA) 2.Kpong Headpond Weeds Clearing Progamme by VRA 3.Bilharzia Control Programme by VRA 4.Integrated Management of Invasive Aquatic Weeds Project by the Environmental Protection Agency 1.Lower Volta Environmental Impact Studies (LVEIS) by the Volta River Authority (VRA) 2.Kpong Headpond Weeds Clearing Progamme by VRA 3.Bilharzia Control Programme by VRA 4.Integrated Management of Invasive Aquatic Weeds Project by the Environmental Protection Agency

5 What is Ghana doing about the weeds? 4. Demonstrating the Economic Potential of Aquatic Weeds in Selected Areas in the Lower Volta Basin by Volta Basin Research Project (VBRP) 5.Strategic Action Programmes for the Integrated Management of the Volta River Basin Project by GEF 6.Ghana-Burkina Joint Declaration on Improved Management of the Natural Resources of the Volta Basin. 4. Demonstrating the Economic Potential of Aquatic Weeds in Selected Areas in the Lower Volta Basin by Volta Basin Research Project (VBRP) 5.Strategic Action Programmes for the Integrated Management of the Volta River Basin Project by GEF 6.Ghana-Burkina Joint Declaration on Improved Management of the Natural Resources of the Volta Basin.

6 How was the project conceived? Evidence based research by VRA and VBRP demonstrated that: 1.The weeds can be harvested and utilized for compost production 2.Harvested weeds can be used as fodder 3.Areas cleared of water weeds are viable of pen aquaculture purposes. Evidence based research by VRA and VBRP demonstrated that: 1.The weeds can be harvested and utilized for compost production 2.Harvested weeds can be used as fodder 3.Areas cleared of water weeds are viable of pen aquaculture purposes.

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8 What were the project developmental stages? 1.Submission of Concept Paper to GEF in September Response from GEF in Dec requesting for a detailed proposal 3.Consultations with beneficiary communities and implementing partners for formal letters of collaboration 4.Detailed proposal submitted to GEF in August 2005, with letters of collaboration from beneficiary communities and implementing partners 1.Submission of Concept Paper to GEF in September Response from GEF in Dec requesting for a detailed proposal 3.Consultations with beneficiary communities and implementing partners for formal letters of collaboration 4.Detailed proposal submitted to GEF in August 2005, with letters of collaboration from beneficiary communities and implementing partners

9 What were the project developmental stages? 5.Based on proposal review, GEF undertook a field verification visit in August Proposal was updated in January 2008 to take cognizance of any new information, data and available budget 7.Contract executed in March Based on proposal review, GEF undertook a field verification visit in August Proposal was updated in January 2008 to take cognizance of any new information, data and available budget 7.Contract executed in March 2008

10 Project Design Matrix Design Project Design Matrix Design 1.Goal 2.Purpose 3.Outputs 4.Verifiable Indicators 5.Activities 1.Goal 2.Purpose 3.Outputs 4.Verifiable Indicators 5.Activities

11 11 Consultations to formally introduce the project to: -Traditional chiefs and local authorities of Sayikope, and Tsetsekpo -Implmenting partners made up of VBRP, Adidome Farm Institute and - North Tongu District Assembly -. Achievements till date

12 12 -Project Implementation Team formed and oriented on roles and responsibilities Trainee farmers selected: 20 each from Tsetsekpo and Sayikope communities as well as 20 from Adidome Farm Institute

13 Project was launched on May 16, 2008 at the Adidome Farm Institute to inform stakeholders and to seek support and collaboration.stakeholders Project was launched on May 16, 2008 at the Adidome Farm Institute to inform stakeholders and to seek support and collaboration.stakeholders

14 14 - Posters developed - Two pre-recorded and 1 phone –in radio discussions held on Radio Ada, a community radio station - Posters developed - Two pre-recorded and 1 phone –in radio discussions held on Radio Ada, a community radio station

15 Hands on demonstration in compost production completed in both communities

16 Cutting water weeds Weed pulling Compost turning Compost

17 135 bags of Compost of 50 kg each produced Nutrient Acceptable Range Compost Samples pH (H 2 O) Total Nitrogen % Phosphorus % Potassium % Calcium % Magnesium % Manganese ppm Zinc ppm Molybdenum ppm<

18 Hands on demonstration in cage aquaculture ongoing in the two communities Discussions with PIT Harpers for fry Release of fry into harpers Feeding of Fry

19 A summary of what we have achieved so far

20 2 demonstration farms, one in each community, are being established for the utilization of the compost for crop production. -So far, a half acre land has been cleared at Sayikope for use for the demonstration purposes, using part of the compost produced. -Again, seedlings of Legon 18 variety of pepper have been nursed at ADI nursery and transplanted at Sayikope (Compost yet to be applied) -Moringa seedlings transplanted at Sayikope 2 demonstration farms, one in each community, are being established for the utilization of the compost for crop production. -So far, a half acre land has been cleared at Sayikope for use for the demonstration purposes, using part of the compost produced. -Again, seedlings of Legon 18 variety of pepper have been nursed at ADI nursery and transplanted at Sayikope (Compost yet to be applied) -Moringa seedlings transplanted at Sayikope

21 2 demonstration farms, one in each community, are being established for the utilization of the compost for crop production. -So far, a half acre land has been cleared at Sayikope for use for the demonstration purposes, using part of the compost produced. -Again, seedlings of Legon 18 variety of pepper have been nursed at ADI nursery and transplanted at Sayikope (Compost yet to be applied) -Moringa seedlings transplanted at Sayikope 2 demonstration farms, one in each community, are being established for the utilization of the compost for crop production. -So far, a half acre land has been cleared at Sayikope for use for the demonstration purposes, using part of the compost produced. -Again, seedlings of Legon 18 variety of pepper have been nursed at ADI nursery and transplanted at Sayikope (Compost yet to be applied) -Moringa seedlings transplanted at Sayikope

22 Activities Yet to be Done Organize a field visit for stakeholders to the established compost and cage aquaculture demonstration farms (Ongoing now). Produce press print outs of compost sales outlets in the national media to boost sales (To be done after the stakeholders forum: Meanwhile information on project submitted to the Ghanaian Times for publication).

23 Activities Yet to be Done Arrange and undertake a TV discussion program on national television station on the project outcome and its importance (Arrangements completed and TV Crew are here for verification purposes). Produce manual on compost production from water weeds (Producers Manual developed for discussion with GEF prior to publication)Manual

24 Activities To be Done in Phase 3 Establish a cooperative of compost producers with core membership coming from the trainees (Discussions held with Social Welfare and constitution being developed for registration purposes). Utilize proceeds from cage culture demonstration farms to establish a revolving micro-financing scheme to members of the cooperative for cage aquaculture Provide credit through a micro-financing scheme

25 M&E Processes for Quality Assurance Formal endorsement of activities in project proposal by beneficiary communities and implementing agencies Field verification visit by GEF prior to approval of proposal Detailed outline of objectively verifiable indicators outlined in project design matrix Formation of a Project Implementation Team, made up of community members, to lead and supervise field activities

26 M&E Processes for Quality Assurance Constitution of Project Management Team, led by a Project Manager, for the overall supervision of project. Formal launching to introduce project to all stakeholders to ensure transparency and inclusion Radio programs on project progress TV programs on project progress Field visit by GEF to monitor ongoing activities

27 Monthly field visit by the Project Management Team, involving meetings with PIT and project beneficiaries on project progress and challenges Baseline socio-economic information of project beneficiaries for evaluation purposes collated. One (1) Day Stakeholders visit for all stakeholders on project implementation (Ongoing) Quarterly reporting on project activities to GEF and other stakeholders (Qtrs 1, 2 & 3 Progress Reports submitted) M&E Processes for Quality Assurance

28 GEF Monitoring Visit on July 17, 2008 GEF National Coordinator & Team Members GEF National Coordinator in discussion with some project beneficiaries GEF National Coordinator Inspecting compost at Tsetsekpo GEF National Coordinator & Team Members in group picture with some project beneficiaries

29 GEF Monitoring Visit on November 29, 2008

30 Project Challenges 1.Participation by selected trainees is low due to non-payment of allowance. Participation rate is about 75% at any particular time 2. Budget had to be re-allocated for the following unforeseen items: -Canoe -Increased Personal Protective Equipment -Chemical Analysis of Compost -Water pump 3.Fear of contracting bilharzia due to contact with water resulting in apprehensiveness

31 Project Challenges 5.Poor monitoring of integrity of fish pens to ensure that fishes do not escape. Luckily escaped fishes still keep to the vicinity due to presence of food so they are easy to recapture.

32 Thank you and enjoy watching this 10 minutes documentary documentary Thank you and enjoy watching this 10 minutes documentary documentary


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