|Date||17 May 2010|
Borassus aethiopum is indigenous to tropical Africa; mostly found in semi-arid and semi-humid zones of parts of western, eastern and southern Africa. In Ghana, Borassus aethiopum is mostly found within the transitional zone (areas with forest-Savannah interface). Almost all parts of the species are used: producing food, oils, timber, fibre, dyes, medicines, wine and raw materials (leaves) for mats and baskets. Rural livelihood is thus highly dependent on the Borassus aethiopum within the transitional zone of Ghana. The North Tongu District of the Volta Region of Ghana is one area that Borassus once dominated. Unfortunately, the pervasive paucity of empirical data for species management, habitat loss through unsustainable agriculture, over-exploitation and bushfire have significantly reduced the population size of this species that was once abundant within this zone and further poses a great threat to its continual survival. This has severe repercussions on rural livelihood. The District with a population of 130,388 has 80.4% rural dwellers and 19.6% urban dwellers (Census 2000), with rural dwellers particularly extracting the species for subsistence and economic gains. Agriculture is the main economic activity of the district and most rural dwellers are engaged with fishing, crop production, and/or animal rearing.
This project therefore aims at sustainable conservation of this species by:
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