The Commitment for Africa Initiative (CfA) is a new initiative launched in 2012 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The intiative has an objective of strengthening existing civil society actors in Africa and to promote stronger commitment among civil society actors in Germany. Partnerships established between CSOs in both countries thrive on peer to peer education and networking.
Under the Initiative, FoN has partnered with the Coastal Union of Germany (EUCC-D), Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS) and Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) to implement two projects. These are “Enhancing Capacity of Youth for Improved Coastal Zone Management in Ghana and Germany” and “Strengthening Environmental Communication and Advocacy for Sustainable Coastal Resource Management in Ghana”.
Enhancing Capacity of Youth for Improved Coastal Zone Management in Ghana and Germany
FoN is partnered EUCC to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices among the youth on coastal management, especially linked to topics as climate change, marine litter and water quality in the coastal areas of the Western region and the Baltic Sea region of Germany. It will also foster partnerships between German and Ghanaian schools and communities, by providing learning platforms and sharing information among students and teachers on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) through the development of training modules, online communication platforms and mass media communication. The project targeted students of the Shama Secondary School in the Shama district of the Western Region of Ghana and provide means for sharing experiences with counterparts in Germany.
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- Developing local capacities in community-based participatory approach to mapping coastal resources and vulnerability to climate change with youth in selected communities in the coastal areas of the Western region.
- Develop e-learning platform and training module and facilitate the formation of coastal management and climate change clubs in schools and study visits to sites with students and teachers to discuss human and climate change impacts on coasts.
- Using radio drama to promote behaviourial change towards improved coastal resource management among the youth
Strengthening Environmental Communication and Advocacy for Sustainable Coastal Resource Management in Ghana
FoN partnered GWS and NABU to enhance capacities of CEMAGS and the Marine and Coastal Committee of the Ahanta West District Assembly in environmental communication and advocacy, as well as in site based interventions for the preservation of fragile coastal ecosystems in the district. By engendering transfer of knowledge between German and Ghanaian NGOs, the project worked with coastal communities to develop and implement strategies to address environmental degradation caused by low awareness, improper waste disposal and unsustainable utilisation of coastal wetlands resources.
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- Capacity strengthening for Project Staff in communication skills and opportunities for environmental NGOs.
- Capacity development for community environmental activists on participatory appraisal methods, communication and advocacy skills.
- Development and implementation of community-based action plans on environmental management in selected coastal communities.
- The development of mutual online platform for sharing information and issues on environmental management and linking of partner NGOs websites.