Enhancing landscape resilience in Kyabobo National Park, Ghana
The 22,200ha Kyabobo National Park is the only protected mountain ecosystem in Ghana consisting of savannah woodland, dry, semi-deciduous, typical evergreen and riparian forests. It is home to several endangered species, including African Savannah elephants, black and white colobus monkeys, and giant pangolin. Major threats include wildfires, invasive species, poaching, climate change, wild honey collection and palm wine tapping. Ghana Wildlife Society and volunteers from fringe communities plan to restore 15ha of degraded areas, remove 2.5ha of invasive plant species and plant 18,000 native trees within the park. 2,000 trees will be planted on farms around the park to create a buffer. The project will develop trails and install signage to caves, mountain peaks, waterfalls and shrines to guide hikers and birders. It will train 25 park staff to counter illegal activities. Finally, 25 volunteers from fringe communities will be trained in fire management and tour guiding to promote ecotourism.