Conservation and wildlife education is crucial for ensuring positive attitudes towards our environment. Since it began, WAPCA has been educating many Ghanaians on the importance of the forest, its primates, and general biodiversity through the in situ and ex situ projects.
WAPCA's focal primate species inhabit the Western Region of Ghana, therefore many conservation activities have been concentrated in this part. The formation of CREMA is part of an educational process for the communities, where farmers and community members undergo different training sessions in order for them to manage their natural resources. For a greater and diverse outreach in the communities, films are screened wherein movies about conservation are played and discussed. Our monthly radio program invites community members to talk about conservation issues. The celebration of Mangabey Awareness Day is another great occasion where people learn about primate conservation.
The EPBC also plays a big role in education. The tours at the centre help visitors and create connections with wildlife and offer opportunities to stimulate an understanding of wildlife threats, such as habitat deforestation, and the role they can play in conserving the planet. Finally, WAPCA also visits schools upon request to give presentations about primate conservation and threats to biodiversity in West Africa.
We strongly believe that raising more awareness of the problems affecting biodiversity is a crucial way forward in protecting our wildlife. Therefore, we will continue focus on inspiring, engaging and empowering more and more citizens of Ghana, so that we can all work together for a sustainable country where both animals and humans fit in.