On-going Projects

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Supplementary Livelihood Project

This is a project on supplementary livelihood programmes funded by USAID/Sustainable Fisheries Management Project through the University of Cape Coast and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. This project is aimed at promoting supplementary livelihood initiatives in selected fisher communities in the Western and Central regions of Ghana in order to diversify or strengthen income opportunities for fisher families without increasing pressure on natural resources. It involves training of fishers in apiculture (bee culture) and land snail rearing to reduce the pressure on marine and coastal fish stocks. The program is also developing marketing strategies for products and has increased individual and group knowledge about best practices in beekeeping, and land snail rearing. Through this project, fishers have been successfully trained to engage in the supplementary livelihoods.

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Professional training programme

One of CCM’s goals is to build capacity for coastal management extension, where one of the elements is to deliver training courses for the public. Among the myriad of coastal management issues, the Centre has prioritized climate change adaptation, fisheries management, Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as its core training programs for now. These courses are taught using guidebooks and toolkits specifically developed for this purpose. The training is targeted at participants with working knowledge in these fields, drawn from local government development planners, coastal resources managers, private individual and public sector workers and NGOs. These training programmes are funded by the USAID/Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

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Engaging policy makers to address fisheries and coastal issues

Environmental scientists and researchers have been increasingly encouraged to communicate their research findings to a variety of audiences, including policy-makers, civil society groups and the general public. It is important that researchers develop activities for public engagement, as well as influence policy and on a range of social and economic issues. To this end, the Centre focuses on engaging policy makers by sharing research results and improve dialogue on policy issues between government, donors, research community and civil society. The activity also comes with environmental communication and media focus. CCM supports the public understand scientific findings to motivate new awareness and behavior. The programme also organizes training workshops for media practitioners to accurately report on compelling fisheries and coastal environmental management issues targeting appropriate audiences. These programmes are financed by the USAID/Sustainable Fisheries Management Project.

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Beach dynamics through video monitoring to improve coastal management strategies in West Africa

The evolution of coastlines in West Africa has become a major issue due to the rapid socio-economic development, including erosion, urbanization, port and harbor expansions and sand mining. Sediment supply to beaches is believed to have reduced due to natural and anthropic factors. The impact of forcing along this stretch of beaches is only available on selected hotspot beaches (where there is significant erosion) leaving the other parts of the beach poorly investigated. The lack of data on this tropical “storm free” low lying coast has created a scientific gap which has not been adequately covered, predominantly due to data scarcity. This project seeks to use video systems to monitor different coastal environments on Ghanaian coast (particularly at Woe) and on the Benin coast (at Grand Popo) with different responses to oceanic forcing.

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Beach resilience and development along the Ghanaian coast through remote sensing

As part of the efforts to contribute to the management of coastal erosion in Ghana, the French Institute in Ghana has offered to support the Centre to buy video cameras and other equipment that will be used to collect data in the degrading coastal environment. This support will complement the fund given by the National Geographic Society to provide a permanent video system in Ghana at Woe and to understand the detailed cause of erosion at this selected beach.

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Ghanaian Beach dynamics through video monitoring for improving coastal management strategies

The Ghanaian shoreline covers several types of rocky or sandy beaches and kinds of open or embayed beaches, yet most studies focus on sandy open beaches. The variability of open and embayed beach relation is vital for this coastline changes. This scientific gap is predominantly due to data scarcity. This project seeks to use video system to monitor the evolution of an embayed beach in Elmina on the Western coast of Ghana and the impact of oceanic forcing. This video technique would be fully implemented at between the University of Cape Coast beach and the Elmina castle. The impact of forcing along the entire beach of Ghana is also poorly studied and information is only available on selected hotspot beaches where the beach is severely eroded. Processes and impact of forcing would be analysed from the video data for decision making. As part of this project, the pollution (sanitation) component along the Cape Coast beach would also be studied. This project was funded by the World Academy of Science (TWAS).

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Mainstreaming fisheries sector related issues into oil and gas governance in Ghana

Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the oil companies show that almost all of the oil companies involved in the hydrocarbon sector did not conduct and/or are not conducting an exclusive Fisheries Impact Assessment (FIA) with the intent of placing the fisheries sector central to the environmental governance of the oil exploration activities. Admittedly, some of the ESIA have section on fisheries contrary to what the Fisheries Act 2002 requires. Section 93(3) provides in the Act 625 that the conduct of FIA should be in addition to any other requirement from the Environmental Protection Agency, whereas 93(1) makes the Fisheries Commission and not EPA the supervisory authority of the FIA. Industry players are becoming increasingly concerned over the continues neglect of this important requirement.

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Research-based management of Gulf of Guinea

Coastal marine ecosystems worldwide are threatened by multiple human-induced stressors, ranging from global stressors to local pollution, habitat loss and over-exploitation of resources, and resulting in fast degradation of coastal ecosystems and the services that they provide. Gulf of Guinea large marine ecosystem is a hotspot of multiple stressors. The maritime threats to GGLME include oil, heavy metals and litter from shipping and off-shore oil exploration, which - together with land-based pollution and climate change - can result in unknown synergistic, antagonistic or additive effects to the marine biota, with unknown detrimental effects on the marine ecosystem. Ghana’s government is giving priority to prevention of pollution of the marine environment, consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals and the regulations from International Maritime Organisation. However, lack of regulatory capacity and data on maritime and marine pollution for research-based management result in challenges in implementation and enforcement of the regulations.

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