Lagoon Restoration

Globally, lagoons were among the first ecosystems to receive international attention through the “Convention on Wetlands of International Importance” in 1971. Ghana is signatory to this Convention. Unfortunately, conservation of lagoons in Ghana has become a matter of crucial concern in view of their present use in terms of actions and inactions - that is limiting their productive capacity in providing critical ecosystem services and support for fisheries production. This situation has led many lagoons in Ghana to become endangered or approached near extinction. Governmental and private interventions have provided mixed results and efforts towards restoration have proved futile. The Centre for Coastal Management (CCM) led by the Coordinator, Prof. John Blay is contributing to long-term effort towards the restoration of a closed lagoon in Half Asini (Awiane Aluonu) which is under serious threat of extinction due to pollution and other forms of degradation. Through this program, CCM is collaborating with technical experts, Dr. Daniel Adjei-Boateng and Dr. Regina Edziyie both scientists from the Department of Fisheries and Watershed Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) It is intended to use the ecosystem-based approach to conduct boundary surveys on the lagoon to inform local Government Agencies and other stakeholders in advocating for its conservation and the creation of necessary bye-laws on their wise use. This activity is one of over twenty (20) activities being implemented under the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Development Project.