Climate Harmony Project

Climate Harmony Project
Project Duration: October 2022 – March 2023

PROJECT SCOPE/OBJECTIVE

1. Tree Planting And Climate Change Sensitization Project

a. Raise awareness among a targeted number of 2000 pupils and students within the 6 months of the implementation.

b. Plant a minimum of 500 trees – for demonstration purposes and increasing the carbon sink – trees stewarded by students.

c. Mentor 5 enthusiastic students with strong affinity towards green technologies (within the 6 months).

In order that you appreciate the essence of this practical advocacy project, we would like to bring your attention to the findings of a paper published by Stephen T. Odonkor et all. “Knowledge, Attitude, and Adaptation to Climate Change in Ghana” – A nationally representative survey of Ghanaian adults conducted between August and December 2021.

Quite interestingly, the results from this paper showed that only 43.9% of the respondents understood the meaning of climate change. This data gets staggering when you realize that more than half of the respondents (57.4%) had undergraduate education, and the rest had secondary education (22.7%), postgraduate (9.1%), no formal education (5.6%), and primary education (4.9%). When asked to rate their social
status, most of the respondents (63.2%) said that they were in the middle class, followed by the upper class (29.7%) and lower class (7.1%).

Government policy (Green Ghana project) will be advocated, and policy contributions made to stakeholders to enhance the efficiency of the project

2. Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP)

Increase the green cover (carbon sink) by creating an environment for plants to thrive.

  • Quality soil developing intercropping techniques
  • Recycling plastic materials into low-cost drip irrigation technology for subsisting farmers
  • Farmer controlled natural regeneration
  • Agro forestry

Target: 100 farmers in the Eastern and Volta regions of Ghana.

3. Climate Change Digital Drive

Most of our online campaigns will be measured with data analytics obtained in relation to the advocacy activities on the various websites used – both mainstream and social media.

PROJECT DELIVERABLES/ACHIEVEMENTS

TREE PLANTING AND CLIMATE CHANGE SENSITISATION (TPCCS)

Our tree planting and climate change sensitization activity has seen enormous progress, having reached an estimated number of 2,520 students from October 2022 to February 2023. With the help and support of both AfEI’s core and student volunteers from the University college of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Bunso in the Eastern region of Ghana, we organized different levels and ranges of Climate change education and tree planting in 14 upper primary and Junior high schools herein listed below.

  1. Adawso R/C School
  2. Royal Promise School
  3. Adawso Presbyterian School
  4. Miracle Child Academy
  5. Ettukrom Methodist School
  6. Bunso M/A School
  7. Akwamufie Presbyterian School
  1. Compassion International School
  2. Apeguso D/A Basic School
  3. Osiabura D/A School
  4. Frankadua D/A School
  5. Abutiame Amesianyakofe D/A School
  6. Apeguso Presbyterian School
  7. Frankadua E.P. School

The average number of students per class has been estimated to be 30. Our outreach focused on pupils and students from upper primary to Junior high school. In each of the schools reached for the TPCCSP, we planted an average of 30 trees per school. We have used averages because some schools had enough lands to establish more tree seedlings than others.

We have therefore established 420 trees from the outreaches to the various schools. In order to compensate for our targeted 500 trees in the period of 6 months, our newly established club in Royal Promise School has established a tree plant nursery and will be transplanting 300 seedlings in the final week of March 2023 – This tree planting festival will be held at Asikuma in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

Outside of the TPCCSP, we formed sustainable partnerships that enabled us to increase the number of trees planted within this period substantially, we have worked with and supported Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, the King of the Akwamu kingdom to establish an extra 1,800 tree seedlings in his kingdom.

The trees planted in this project include Mangos (Mangifera indica), acacia, Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), and Ofram (Terminalia superba).

(Pictured below are some sessions of Tree Planting and Climate Change Sensitization)

(A team of Volunteers from the University college of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Bunso)

AfEI MENTORING CLUB

We are pleased to advise that we have established a club with 20 climate change enthusiastic young people Basic and Junior high school in Asikuma, exceeding the target by 15 more students. These young children have set up a realistic but ambitious target to establish 1000 trees in the year 2023 in the Asikuma community from their own tree nursery.

(The following pictures capture moments of the AfEI team together with Club members)

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION PROJECT (CCAP)

Our CCAP had been drafted to engage 100 local farmers directly on climate smart agricultural practices that has a demonstrable potential to increase the green cover (carbon sink) by creating an environment for plants to thrive and to help the farmers to increase their yields. We established a one-acre field that consisted of half acre maize(corn), quarter of an acre for cabbage and the other quarter was fallowed for experimental purposes.

It is important to note that, this project was established/started at an off season (November) for corn production, which basically meant most farmers would dare not plant corn in November, as this is usually a period of less rain and this was one reason, we were able to advocate intently to the farmers we engaged on in this project – The technology focuses on the use of easily accessible resources to improve the moisture conservation ability of the soil, better land preparation, use of legumes as soil nutrient improvement and weed control, less or minimal till to keep the structure of the soil intact and significantly improved over seasons of crop production.

The beauty of conservation agriculture is that it develops the soil and the environment over time, and this is why we need to continue to establish crops on the piece of land allocated for this project for at least 4 more production seasons, which in our case will take a period of 2 years to be able to present a full picture to all our stakeholders (farmers, Gower street and the local community leaders). This will help farmers to appreciate this technology even better.

The conventional form of agriculture or crop production practiced by most of our target farmers has been one that depleted the soil of nutrients and structure over production seasons, so it was very apparent that the farmers we engaged with were very enthused and interested in seeing and being a part of this project in its entirety. We were able to reach 65 farmers directly, out of the 100 targeted at the start of this project, however, it is noted that the farmers we reached will help in indirectly propagating/ advancing the technology to at least 150 other farmers. The numbers achieved in terms of yield for our half acre corn farm was also staggering! We had 600kg of maize and we would have harvested 4050 heads of cabbage by 15/03/2023.

(Photos of our engagement with farmers on our field days)

CLIMATE CHANGE DIGITAL DRIVE

From the inception of this project, we have grown our social media following tremendously, we have acquired over 1000 followers onto our following in the past 6 months and been actively sharing updates on our various activities including the climate change adaptation and the tree planting and climate change adaptation projects. The aim of sharing these updates is to inspire other people and organizations to take action and where necessary collaborate with us to take relevant community actions. We do share to recruit volunteers for our activities as well. We have established an account on Mailchimp for building and distributing our Newsletters and the “Hands off the Atewa Forest” campaign.

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