|Town/Region||Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Categories||Biodiversity, Conflict, Ecotourism|
|Date||5 Jun 2018|
Ecosystem services simply mean all the benefits people derive from the ecosystem and Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary provides such services to its beneficiaries. Although the sanctuary is a small protected area, it houses different fauna and flora species listed under IUCN red list (vulnerable). This includes but not limiting to Manis tricuspis, Nauclea diderrichii, Entandrophragma angolense, Entandrophragma utile, Pterygota macrocarpa and Albizia ferruginea.
It also protects migratory bird species with 13 families listed in appendix II of the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and provide avenue for bird watching experiences.
It was designated as a wetland of international importance under Ramsar Convention in 1988 and therefore protects wetlands within it. Moreover, it also houses the Owabi Lake which was dammed to provide supplementary water supply (about 12 million litres/day) to the people of Kumasi and its environs since 1970s.
However, the sanctuary is seriously under threat (both the inner and the catchment area). Even though some part of the area is protected (inner area), it faces severe interrelated issues from population pressure, poaching, illegal logging, land tenure, land use practices and local development which inevitably have opposite bearing with its management (FC, 2014). The area is being encroached by farming activities, sand wining and locating of land for local development which threaten the flora and fauna species as well as having great impact on the quality of water supplied by the dam (Ameyaw & Dapaah, 2017). Therefore, there is the need to review its management in order to provide a more sustainable management plan for the continuous benefit of the Sanctuary. Assessing the consequences of this sustainable management plan will help involved stakeholders like the forest commission, Ghana Water Company, Nwabiagya distrist assembly, fringe communities to benefit from the area without jeopardizing the integrity of the Sanctuary as a whole.
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