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2 CREMA Topic GIS Based Wildlife Habitat Suitability Modeling within the Jelinkon Community Resource Management Area around Mole National Park. Lawrence A. Akpalu Christian Atsu Fumey-Nassah Benard Asamoah

3 Shaded Cocoa farm Assessment The Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) is geared to wards developing mechanisms for sustainable use and management of natural resources outside protected areas INTRODUCTION

4 CREMA u This could be achieved through integrating the use of natural resources into the existing land use practices with local communities who live at the fringes of PAs 3 INTRODUCTION

5 CREMA It is therefore important that we understand the relationships between the wild animals and their habitats 4 And this has called for habitat evaluation INTRODUCTION

6 CREMA Habitat evaluation is the assessment of the suitability of land (or water) as a habitat for specific wildlife species 5 INTRODUCTION

7 CREMA To achieve this one needs a modeling to predict the suitability of land given a particular set of land conditions. Such model is called a habitat (environmental) suitability model 6 INTRODUCTION

8 CREMA u In this study we have used remote sensing and GIS based techniques to model habitat suitability of some key species of interest to the Jelinkon Community Resource Management Area around Mole National Park. 7 INTRODUCTION

9 CREMA Goal of the study Support forest fringe communities to restore and manage habitats for the return of wildlife to the Jelinkon CREMA through appropriate conservation mechanisms SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES A) To undertake habitat assessment of the Community Management Resource Area B) To delineate the sites that required specific planning and management interventions 8

10 CREMA Jelikon is found in the Sawla Tuna district of the northern region. It is about 10km from the district capital, Sawla and 4km from the nearest boundary of the Mole National Park. Jelikion is located on the coordinates N09º , W002º It has approximately 3328 households with an estimated population of here are seven different settlements which constituents the Jelikon community. The community is headed by a Chief,whose primary responsibilities include conflict resolutions Study area

11 CREMA Methodology 10 METHOD Planninig with Jelinkon community for the species selection

12 CREMA 11 Selection of wildlife species It is worthy of note that the animals used in this study were selected by the community based on their protein requirement, medicinal and cultural values.

13 CREMA 12 AnimalPreferred VegetationPreferred Distance to water (km) Preferred SlopePreferred Distance to Settlements (Km) GrasscutterGrasslands, farmlands≤ near BushbuckOpen vegetation and farms ≤210-30Near Red-Flanked Duiker Secondary forest and Forest ≤110-30≥1500 KobGrassland≤ WaterbuckOpen grassland and open woodland ≤ Green MonkeyRiverine woodland (forest) ≤ medium Patas MonkeyOpen vegetation≤230-50Near Leopard ≤ Hartebeest Open savanna and wooded grassland ≤ WarthogOpen grassland, woodland savana ≤ Lionwoodland Roan AntelopeOpen and lightly wooded grassland and tall garssland ≤ Crested PocupinerWooodlands, grasslands and rocky areas ≤ Model criteria

14 CREMA 13 Distance to town modelDegree of slope model Distance to water model Landcover classification BUSHBUCK MODEL

15 CREMA 14 INTEGRATION OF MODELS/SUITABILITY MAP FOR BUSHBUCK

16 CREMA 15 RESULTS

17 CREMA 16 I. Conclusion SUITABILITY OF HABITATS FOR IDENTIFIED SPECIES The chart shows that bushbuck and water buck have more suitable area than any specie at Jelinkon. This is probably due to the fact that from Landcover map above, we see that Jelinkon has a lot of open areas and farmlands. Referring to Criteria above, bushbuck prefer habitats of such nature hence their dominance in Jelinkon where this habitat probably dominates. This habitat preference by bushbuck apparently confirms similar work done in the Western region by Asamoah-Boateng et.al It is also in line with Yaw Boafo’s work on wildlife species flash analysis work done in Western region in Yaw concluded that more bushbucks were found in secondary vegetation particularly on farmlands and open areas.

18 CREMA Recommendation 17 CREMA FOR THE PEOPLE Necessary conservation measures should be considered to ensure species survival within the CREMA Should have strong policy backing Establish Other livelihood support programmes within CREMAs Proper habitat evaluation/suitability should be conducted for all CREMAs

19 CREMA References 18 For more information contact Lawrence Atsu Akpalu Mapping Unit Resource Management Support Unit P.O.Box 1457 Kumasi Christian Atsu Fumey-Nassah Wildlife Unit Resource Management Support Centre P.O.Box 1457 Kumasi

20 CREMA 19 Thank you


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