Regenerative Development of Anlo Wetlands Project in Ghana

Terraformation is partnering with the organization SeaWater Solutions (SWS) and local communities, to restore an area of approximately 2,500 ha, in the Anloga district, Keta Lagoon, Ghana. The project area is located within a Ramsar site, which is a wetland site designated as having particular importance under the Ramsar Convention, of 1971.

  1. The Project Plan
    The project involves mangrove ecosystem restoration with 3 native species and will be registered using the Verra VM0033 Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration, v2.0. The plan is to plant up to 7,000 trees per hectare on average, in 4 years until the ecosystem reaches a “steady state” equilibrium in Year 4. The "regenerative development" of the entire project (including the community aquaculture component) aims to restore fish populations, soil quality, and water flows back to the area, and thus a better economy and living conditions for the communities.
    The project is expected to sequester approximately 1,400,000 tonnes of CO2 and generate the same amount of carbon credits during its 40-year lifetime.

  2. The Partner
    SWS is an organization working in several African countries. Over the past 2 years, SWS has planted 100,000 mangroves (survival rate 90%), created a mangrove regenerative aquaculture trial with 7,000 Tilapia zillii, facilitated and financed the land registration process of two regional clans, and implemented a mangrove awareness program, in Ghana. The SWS team has been working with nature-based solutions to create a multi-level project that increases biodiversity, supports conservation, and incorporates climate-friendly food production.

  3. The local stakeholders

  • Landowner families and community members. The communities who are living on the project site are the ones of Atito, Likeawo, Atorkor, Anloga, and Fiaxor. The Atito community also owns the land, as some other community members from other groups. Thus far in Ghana, working with community members, Terraformation and the local team have reforested 100,000 mangroves in a pilot project, in Fiaxor.
  • Local employment is mostly made of fishermen, who have experienced a drastic reduction in fish catches. This is due in particular to the deforestation of mangroves (-24% since 1991), which act(ed) as nurseries for baby fish.
  • Ghana’s Forestry Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana Carbon Market Office (for permits and authorizations),
  • Others such as the Climate Department of Wildlife Division, Ministry of Technology & Environment, Anloga District Assembly, Bees for Development Institute, the University of Legon, and the University of Cape Coast.
    Stakeholders have been engaged in the co-creation and formation of the project through individual meetings (online and in person), consultations, and meetings during the last Terraformation site visits.