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Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC) is recognized internationally as a leader in developing rural ecotourism and community protected areas as a means of economic development and resource conservation. NCRC’s initiatives have facilitated sustainable economic development in scores of poor rural areas of Ghana and other nations in West Africa.

Founded in Ghana in 1996, NCRC has grown rapidly to become Ghana’s leading indigenous conservation organisation, as well as a key actor in West African civil society. Ghana’s National Tourism Policy has adopted NCRC’s model as the preferred approach to the development of rural tourism. The model is acknowledged globally as one of the most successful rural tourism initiatives being implemented today.

NCRC’s pioneering work in developing community protected areas in Ghana is increasingly being cited as a valuable alternative to conventional African national parks and protected areas that often do not fulfill their promise due to funding limitations, limited capacity and resource conflicts. NCRC’s work has demonstrated that traditional communities can lead highly successful conservation initiatives, as shown by community partnerships in Ghana including Wechiau, Avu Lagoon, Boabeng-Fiema, Nyankamba Escarpment, Tafi Atome, Asumura and the Afram Arm of Lake Volta.

The key ingredient of success in these projects is the philosophy that conservation will only be successful in settings where the affected local communities obtain tangible economic returns and cultural incentives for its implementation.

As NCRC’s work has continued to evolve in Ghana, it is also collaborating on projects in Nigeria, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia and is discussing new involvements in Sierra Leone and Senegal. In addition to ecotourism, NCRC’s current focus includes climate change and biodiversity conservation, as well as capacity-building and mentoring of peer organisations.

Our mission: NCRC is a Ghanaian non-profit organisation implementing conservation initiatives to promote a greater awareness of and protection for the natural, historic and cultural diversity of Ghana and, ultimately, the West African sub-region.


What's New

Coming Soon!
Ghana's first comprehensive ecotourism guidebook has been completed by NCRC and will soon be printed. Featuring color photos and  descriptions for 30 unforgettable ecotourism destinations in Ghana, the guidebook will be available at hotels, tourist destinations, bookstores and through travel agents. Watch this space for updates on the Guidebook's launch and distribution.

NCRC Receives United Nations Equator Award


Equator Initiative LogoThe pioneering work of NCRC and the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary has been honored with the 2008 Equator Prize from The Equator Initiative. The initiative is a United Nations-led partnership supporting grassroots efforts in biodiversity conservation and poverty Photo: Gorungu Naa n Clement Lanthier receives the Equator Prize
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More about the Equator Initiativealleviation. Wechiau received "special recognition" among the 25 award receipients and a $20,000 prize at the October award presentation in Barcelona, Spain.

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