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1 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

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

3 INTRODUCTION 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 Should be flow chart diagrams

4 And this has called for habitat evaluation
INTRODUCTION It is therefore important that we understand the relationships between the wild animals and their habitats And this has called for habitat evaluation Should be flow chart diagrams

5 INTRODUCTION Habitat evaluation is the assessment of the suitability of land (or water) as a habitat for specific wildlife species Should be flow chart diagrams

6 INTRODUCTION 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 Should be flow chart diagrams

7 INTRODUCTION 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. Should be flow chart diagrams

8 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

9 Study area 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

10 Methodology METHOD Planninig with Jelinkon community for the species selection

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.

12 Model criteria Animal Preferred Vegetation
Preferred Distance to water (km) Preferred Slope Preferred Distance to Settlements (Km) Grasscutter Grasslands, farmlands ≤2 10-30 near Bushbuck Open vegetation and farms Near Red-Flanked Duiker Secondary forest and Forest ≤1 ≥1500 Kob Grassland Waterbuck Open grassland and open woodland ≤3 0-50 0-500 Green Monkey Riverine woodland (forest) medium Patas Monkey Open vegetation 30-50 Near 0-500 Leopard ≤4 Hartebeest Open savanna and wooded grassland ≤15 Warthog Open grassland, woodland savana Lion woodland Roan Antelope Open and lightly wooded grassland and tall garssland Crested Pocupiner Wooodlands, grasslands and rocky areas 10-50

13 Distance to town model Degree of slope model BUSHBUCK MODEL Distance to water model Landcover classification

14 INTEGRATION OF MODELS/SUITABILITY MAP FOR BUSHBUCK

15 RESULTS

16 farmlands and open areas.
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.

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

18 References 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

19 Thank you


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