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Drama Network / GEF SGP Project. 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. By Ben A. Sackey (Project Manager).

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Drama network gef sgp project

Drama Network / GEF SGP Project

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

By Ben A. Sackey (Project Manager)


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  • There are Water Weeds on the Lower Volta Basin because of:

  • Rate of flow highly reduced due to construction of dams on the river

  • Steady flow causing low turbidity and high transparency which enhances direct sunlight penetration and photosynthetic activity

  • High organic matter from human water-related activities combined with increased photosynthetic rate causes favorable conditions for algae bloom and water weeds proliferation

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Social impacts of water weeds are

  • Weeds serve as habitat for the bilharzia snail

  • River fishing is impeded, especially the clam fishing industry

  • Sites for boat landing have been reduced

  • Water collection sites have also reduced

  • Harbors reptiles and dangerous animals

  • Fatalities resulting from drowning within the weeds


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What is Ghana doing about the weeds?

  • Lower Volta Environmental Impact Studies (LVEIS) by the Volta River Authority (VRA)

  • KpongHeadpond Weeds Clearing Progamme by VRA

  • Bilharzia Control Programme by VRA

  • Integrated Management of Invasive Aquatic Weeds Project by the Environmental Protection Agency


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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.


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How was the project conceived?

  • Evidence based research by VRA and VBRP

  • demonstrated that:

  • The weeds can be harvested and utilized for compost production

  • Harvested weeds can be used as fodder

  • Areas cleared of water weeds are viable of pen aquaculture purposes.


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What were the project developmental stages?

  • Submission of Concept Paper to GEF in September 2004

  • Response from GEF in Dec. 2004 requesting for a detailed proposal

  • Consultations with beneficiary communities and implementing partners for formal letters of collaboration

  • Detailed proposal submitted to GEF in August 2005, with letters of collaboration from beneficiary communities and implementing partners


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What were the project developmental stages?

  • 5.Based on proposal review, GEF undertook a field verification visit in August 2006

  • 6.Proposal was updated in January 2008 to take cognizance of any new information, data and available budget

  • Contract executed in March 2008


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Project Design Matrix

  • Goal

  • Purpose

  • Outputs

  • Verifiable Indicators

  • Activities


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Achievements till date

  • 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

  • .


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-Project Implementation Team formed and oriented on roles and responsibilities.

- 60 Trainee farmers selected: 20 each from Tsetsekpo and Sayikope communities as well as 20 from Adidome Farm Institute


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


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- Posters developed

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


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Hands on demonstration in compost production completed in both communities


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Weed pulling

Cutting water weeds

Compost turning

Compost


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135 bags of Compost of 50 kg each produced


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Discussions with PIT

Harpers for fry

Hands on demonstration in cage aquaculture ongoing in the two communities

Release of fry into harpers

Feeding of Fry


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A summary of what we have achieved so far


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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


Drama network gef sgp project

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


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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).


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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

    (Producer’s Manual developed for discussion with GEF prior to publication)


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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


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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


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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


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M&E Processes for Quality Assurance

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)


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GEF National Coordinator & Team Members

GEF National Coordinator Inspecting compost at Tsetsekpo

GEF Monitoring Visit on July 17, 2008

GEF National Coordinator in discussion with some project beneficiaries

GEF National Coordinator & Team Members in group picture with some project beneficiaries


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GEF Monitoring Visit on November 29, 2008


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Project Challenges

  • 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


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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.


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