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Climate-Proofed Water Conservation Strategies in Northern Ghana


Titre : Climate-Proofed Water Conservation Strategies in Northern Ghana

The project promotes transfer of knowledge and skill on the sustainable management of water resources through cost-effective climate-proofed water storage and conservation strategies.

Pays : Ghana

Date : Agreement Signed : 28 October 2010 — Duration : 8 months (discontinued)

Ref : NDF C3 B6

Climate-based contingency planning for adaptation has not received adequate attention in Ghana, and thus limiting appropriate practical interventions. To raise awareness of adverse impacts of climate change in the three northern regions of Ghana, DANIDA funded a pilot adaptation project from 2009 to 2010 on water storage and conservation, river catchments and floodplain protection, and flood water harnessing together with local communities.
The NCF funded project was intended to implement key recommendations of the DANIDA project. The project plan included : i) designing and testing of sub-surface water storage and flood retention systems in flood prone areas ; ii) promoting the use of ecologically sustainable irrigation systems ; iii) piloting large dug-outs and earth embankments for harvesting receding flood waters ; iv) promoting women’s role in water security and conservation activities along floodplains ; and implementing the water conservation and irrigation strategy through domestic and agricultural water use.
The project was discontinued, but water resources availability, temporal and spatial distribution in the three northern regions of Ghana were assessed with a high potential noted for the development of surface water and ground water resources and for rainwater harvesting schemes. Feasible technologies to increase the water safety for household and agricultural water uses were identified during the implementation and the most vulnerable communities to flooding and feasible technologies to increase their resilience to flooding were identified. Capacity building activities for the local staff of the Water Resources Commission and Water user Groups were also completed.

Nordic Partner : DHI (Denmark)
Local Partner : Water Resources Commission (WRC)
Other Partner : Geohydronomics Limited (Ghana) and Centre for Human & Environmental Security (Ghana)

Total Project Cost : EUR 93.257,26
NCF Financing : EUR 44,005

Nordic Development Fund

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