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Nyankamba: Strengthening Community Resource Management Areas with REDD


To conserve wildlife and to promote sustainable alternative land uses for the local communities, such as sustainable farming and charcoal production, forest management, sustainable harvesting of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) such as shea nuts, and ecotourism. REDD funding would pay for conservation activities including environmental education, social and health programs, etc.

This site has been included as a priority site in Ghana’s REDD Readiness Preparation Proposal (RPP), creating conditions for potential finance as well as potential to shape REDD policy in Ghana.

How it will work:

  • The project uses a Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) structure under the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission to devolve authority for land management to communities.  
  • Carbon finance would be be combined with NTFP and other revenues. to finance improved protection, fire control, conservation incentives, and investments in food security and income generation.

Project development Support:
Forest Trends is working with Nature Conservation Research Centre, who jointly host the West Africa Incubator, to develop this project including:

  • Development of technical feasibility assessments (with IDESAM, Brazil)
  • Investor outreach
  • Development of a carbon map of Ghana which will facilitate the establishment of baselines and potential monitoring, reporting, and validation work on site. (with Oxford University)

Project Partners: Nature Conservation Resource Centre, IDESAM  
Location: Northern Region, Ghana: Nyankamba Escarpment, Gonja Traditional Area 

Project Details: Click for Carbon Mapping Report
Project Types: REDD
Biome: Savannah/ Woodland transition zone
Hectares: Preliminary estimations indicate that the project could avoid the deforestation of approximately 48,000 hectares over the total area of approximately 240,000 hectares
Total Reductions: Under current assumptions the implementation of the Nyankamba REDD project could generate about 3.8M tCO2 of REDD credits (already discounting project emissions, non-permanence and leakage buffers)  
Status: PIN developed January 2010. Feasibility assessments in progress.
Standard: VCS/CCB
Developer: Nyankamba Community Resource Management Area
Contact: Rebecca Ashley Asare [rasare[at]]
Last Updated: Nov 2010