A national policy dialogue to discuss the implementation, successes, and challenges of Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) across the country has been organised in Accra.
The dialogue—which was on the theme: “Empowering Communities to Manage Natural Resources Sustainably: A Review of CREMAs Implementation in Ghana,” was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR), the Green Livelihood Alliance, SNV, IUCN, Mondelez International Cocoa Life Program, Forestry Commission and Shared Resources Joint Solutions Alliance.
The dialogue brought together over 120 participants, including representatives of CREMAs, CREMA practitioners, state agencies, development partners, private sector actors and stakeholders across the country.
CREMAs is a collaborative and inclusive natural resources governance and management framework which was adopted to phase out strict conservation practices and pave the way to recognise and foster local community participation and responsibility in the conservation of natural resources in Ghana.
The dialogue identified and discussed key issues and prospects as well as elaborate critical action points for shared action and implementation for CREMAs to achieve their intended outcomes and vision.
It also reviewed on-going developments of establishments and through the experiences shared, stakeholders at the dialogue, made the following recognitions through a communiqué signed by all the organising partners.
The participants, while recognising government’s efforts over the years to address the concerns of the CREMAs, also requested a swift response from the government to address challenges facing the CREMAs, taking into consideration the recommendations outlined below.
According to the communiqué, these actions, when implemented, were expected to empower more communities to manage and conserve natural resources towards sustainable development.
It stressed the need for the government to carry out a comprehensive national evaluation of the implementation of the CREMA concept so far in Ghana.
This is to help the implementers gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges across different landscapes and build sustainable solutions to address them.
Story: Kwamena ANANSE
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