The overall purpose of the program is to promote sustainable management of natural resources towards improving livelihoods and achieving environmental sustainability. The area has two main areas namely Extractives and Coastal and Marine Environment. These components are interlinked leading to building synergy to achieve the overall purpose. The program seeks to enhance stakeholder participation, build capacities, ensure transparency and accountability for influencing policy formulation and implementation for sustainable natural resources management. The Extractives component covers the following areas: Fisheries, Oil and Gas, Small Scale Gold Mining, Forestry Resources, Oceans and Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
“Fish mongers buying fish at a landing site”] FoN’s fisheries sub-component involves working with fisheries stakeholders including fisher folks, Security Agencies, Prosecutors, Fisheries Managers and other actors towards sustainable management of the fisheries resources. FoN through the eco-system-based approach to fisheries management is strengthening these stakeholders to effectively participate in fisheries governance. Key areas of advocacy in fisheries include Fisheries participatory Policy formulation and implementation, Promoting Compliance and Enforcement of the fisheries laws, Formation of Networks and Groups and Strengthening of Fisheries Actors.
Actions under Fisheries
Fisheries participatory Policy formulation and implementation
- FoN supported the formulation of the Ghana’s 2010 Fisheries Regulations (LI1968) by deepening the consultative process through the provision of dialogue platforms for voices of local fishers to be captured in the law.
- FoN is currently working with partners for the development of legislation instrument (LI) on Collaborative Fisheries Management (co-mgt), this process hopes to provide the legal support for the institutionalization of co-mgt in Ghana.
Promoting Compliance and Enforcement of the fisheries laws
- FoN is supporting compliance of the fisheries laws through translation of the fisheries laws into local languages and distribution to fisher folks and other stakeholders. Also FoN conducts awareness creation and sensitization of the fisheries laws through community durbars using local fisher folks’ leaders (communicators), drama, and simple presentations.
- FoN also supports the enforcement of fisheries laws by strengthening fisheries prosecution through orientation training and organizing review meetings for fisheries prosecutors. FoN and its partners are also training the Marine Police of the Ghana Police Service and working with them to promote compliance and enforcement of the fisheries laws.
Formation of Networks and Groups
- To enhance citizen’s participation in fisheries governance FoN has facilitated the formation of the Fisheries Working Group (FWG), a dialogue platform in the Western Region made up of key fisheries agencies and fishers. More
- FoN has also facilitated the formation of the Fisheries Alliance, a network of fisheries interest groups, researchers, media persons, individuals and civil Society actors, with the aim of supporting fishing communities and fishers organizations and empower them to participate in fisheries from a perspective of decent work, equity, gender justice, self reliance and sustainability. More
Strengthening of Fisheries Actors
FoN is working with the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC) and strengthening their capacity to participate in fisheries governance through organization development support and strengthening them to advocate and engage with others for sustainable management of the fisheries resources.
The overall goal of the Oceans sub-component is to contribute to global efforts at optimizing the health of the ocean to ensure environmental sustainability, global food security, livelihoods and economic growth. To this end the sub-component focuses on awareness creation that the oceans are a part of us and we must protect them or we perish. Using right-based advocacy actions in fisheries, oil and gas, integrated coastal management; and Climatic changes and blue carbon assessments, Friends of the Nation facilitates civil society – government – private sector to collectively address the critical challenges of the threats to the oceans and contribute to participatory policy formulation and implementation.
As the Integrated Coastal and Fisheries Initiative (ICFG) concludes its first generation of effort and the handing over of integrated coastal management (ICM) toolkits to districts assemblies along the Western shore of Ghana, Friends of the Nation has received a grant from STAR-Ghana to support the Jomoro and Shama District Assemblies’ mainstream aspects of the toolkits in their medium term development plans. We believe with this integration, district assemblies would find lasting solutions to the myriad of the complexity of coastal zone management.
“FPSO Kwame Nkrumah (oil-producing and storage vessel at the Jubilee Field)”] The overall goal of the oil and gas sub-component is to promote transparency, accountability and environmental sustainability in the exploitation of petroleum resources. To this end the sub-component focuses on using rights-based approach to empower civil society to engage with government and the private sector to collectively address the critical challenges of the sector and also facilitate participatory policy formulation and implementation. The programme is focused on the following:
- Evidence gathering and documentation of impacts of offshore oil and gas activities on fishing livelihoods and the coastal environement.
- Revenue monitoring and tracking
- Information sharing and capacity development
- Policy Analysis
- Community-based monitoring of the social and environmental impacts of the petroleum industry
Actions under Oil and Gas
To improve citizenry participation in petroleum governance, FoN has facilitated the formation of Community Environmental Monitoring and Advocacy Group (CEMAG) in the six coastal districts of the Western Region. The main aim of CEMAG is to promote transparency, accountability and environmental sustainability in the exploitation of petroleum resources. CEMAG also serves as permanent community voices and reports on issues of human right abuses, health related issues, environmental pollution and poor conduct of companies and regulators to stakeholders.Read about CEMAG actvities
The overall goal of this sub-component is to promote responsible and support small-scale miners to improve their mineral processing and metallurgical operations and environmental practices, as well as get access to economically viable lands.
Actions under Small-Scale Mining
Actions under Forestry