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The Shea Resource Conservation: Sustaining rural liivelihood for the present and the future
 

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    The Shea Resource Conservation: Sustaining rural liivelihood for the present and the future The Shea Resource Conservation: Sustaining rural liivelihood for the present and the future Presentation Transcript

    • SNV GHANA The shea Resource Conservation;Sustaining Rural Livelihood for the present and the future. By Issahaku Zakaria
    • About shea;• Over 900,000 shea picker /processors who are basically women exist in Ghana• Shea has a potentially large and rapid impact on rural poverty and wellbeing• Most rural household engages in shea activity.• Benefits  Economic  Social  Cultural/traditional  EnvironmentalShea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • THE PROBLEM Propagation takes so long despite efforts by research to Eroding benefits to communities reduce gestation period sustainability Threats to industryCurrent trees are old and under threat eg bush fire, charcoal, mining, Current benefits areIndividually / household based Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • THE Approach Development of Community Bio-cultural rural household Sustained shea protocols Reduced Threats to benefits to sustainability industryDevelopment of Environmental enterprise-beekeeping Tree planting and shea protection Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • Environmental Enterprises (Beekeeping) Community Tree ProtocolsPlantations (Bye Laws) Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • BCP Initiative• TRUISM As long as communities have a collective benefit for a common resource, they will have a collective responsibility for the protection/conservation and sustainable use +favourable policy environment and regulation from local authority Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • what we seek to achieve through BCP • Bio-cultural protocol for the shea value chain are such that women pickers and their communities get a fair share from the industry thereby motivating them to protect and conserve the Shea tree. Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • The Goal• Conservation of the Shea tree in northern Ghana to enhance sustainable well-being of Shea communitiesThe Objective• To address fair benefit sharing arrangements in the Shea value chain, as a motivation for Conservation and sustainable use of the Shea tree.In order to conserve the shea tree as a local natural resource,the economic utility of shea must compete with the short-termalternative cash value of the tree. Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • Achievement• Well documented communities protocol for conservation and sustainable use.• Over 1000 acres of shea parklands covered under this protocol• Traditional authorities are the custodians and enforces the protocol• Well being of the community is the driving force. Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • Achievement cont’d• 540 bee hives incorporated into this parkland as an alternative income generating activity• Women encouraged to avoid cutting young shea plants in the wide. Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • Success factors Traditional Opinion authorities leaders Companies Strong commitment from stakeholdersPickers NGOs/CBOs Gov’t/DAs Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • Partners/stakeholders• Traditional Authorities• NGOs• Legal institutions• CBOs involved in Shea work• Women pickers• Assembly members• Media Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013
    • Shea Resources Conservation Presntation @GSA Conference, March 2013