Tano-Ankasa Community Forest Project
The Kwabre Forest contains a diversity of niche-specific plants that have evolved to adapt to the flooded conditions of this peat-swamp rainforest habitat. It is crucial that seedlings used in reforestation efforts are sustainably harvested from the rainforest itself to ensure their adaptability and maintain the appropriate biodiversity of this unique ecosystem.
Patches of deforestation in the core zone of virgin rainforest caused by illegal lumbering will be enriched with indigenous tree seedlings with a focus on trees utilized by endangered primates.
WAPCA with the Wildlife Division conducted four training workshops in tree nursery husbandry and has now created eight tree nurseries which have successfully produced over 20,000 tree saplings! These tree saplings have been divided in use:
A percentage has been planted in community areas for later harvest, reducing the need for community members to enter the forest
A percentage has been planted back into the core areas of the rainforest as part of a reforestation process.
Individual farmers have also shown interest in the tree planting and have requested some seedlings to be planted in their farms.
The CREMA have decided to raise more seedlings and sell them to interested farmers and individuals to raise funds for CREMA activities. With the addition of three new communities, there will be the need to raise more seedlings to re plant the degraded patches within those forests.
The plant species planted in the core zone of the forest and in the community plantations included: Kaya spp, Terminalia ivorensis, Terminalia superba, Pakia bicolor, Tieghemella heckelii, Heritiera utilis, Entandophragma angolense.