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NCRC’s current work (2008-2012) is focused in three strategic areas. 

Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation
NCRC is becoming a West-African leader for actions to mitigate global climate change using practical, community-based interventions in rural Ghana and countries in the region. Current actions include:

  • Assisting communities and the private sector to manage lands to maximize carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation
  • Facilitating the introduction of more sustainable methods for the domestic charcoal trade in rural Ghana
  • Providing expertise on protecting endangered plant and animal species to communities, the private sector and governments
  • Promoting carbon trading and payments for ecosystem services in the sub-region, as well as solar energy solutions linked to conservation initiatives for rural communities 
  • Building expertise within the West African sub-region regarding climate change and carbon issues

Capacity-Building and Mentoring
NCRC’s success in community-based initiatives has prompted many requests to provide mentoring and capacity-building assistance to sister conservation organisations in Ghana and other West African countries. Current actions include:

  • Providing field training programs in Ghana for young African conservationists from across the continent
  • Conducting capacity assessments and providing capacity-building actions for sectors and individual organisations
  • Contributing advisory services to organisations in Nigeria, Senegal, Liberia and Sierra Leone

NCRC has been recognized by the World Tourism Organisation, US Agency for International Development (USAID) and others as a global leader in the field of rural tourism development. Over the past decade NCRC has built a network of more than 30 community-based ecotourism destinations in Ghana, where tourism development and economic opportunities are linked to positive environmental, historical and cultural conservation. The ownership, management and operation of these rural tourist destinations reside solely in the communities themselves. The communities directly receive all revenue and decide how to reinvest it to meet their needs. Visitation to these sites reached 188,000 in 2007. Current actions include: 

  • Establishing a certification program for ecotourism sites to provide visitors with information about standardized levels of service
  • Creating a comprehensive website for affiliated Ghana ecotourism destinations, through which visitors can plan their tours and make reservations
  • Launching a partner organisation called Ghana Rural Ecotourism and Travel Office (GREET), which will replicate NCRC’s success in 18 additional Ghana communities to reach a total of 500,000 visitors in 50 locations by 2012

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