Participatory adaptive management of climate change impacts

CDI designed and facilitated a Tailor-Made Training (TMT) to develop staff capacities on Participatory Adaptive Management of Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Wetlands of Ghana.

Official project title: Building Capacities for Participatory Adaptive Management of Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Wetlands of Ghana (PAMICC)

The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana aims to sustainably develop and manage Ghana’s wildlife and forestry, engaging in a wide array of services to protect and regulate Ghana’s protected areas like nature reserves, wetlands and National Parks.

The training targeted management and key staff of the WD who are involved in management of (coastal)  wetlands of international importance and designated as a so called Ramsar Site at the local as well as at the national level. Its main aim was to empower participants to take a pro-active role in integrated protected area management in a constructive dialogue with stakeholders and communities.

The training provided participants with the skills to identify and strengthen synergies between local sustainable development and improved conservation and with the focus of this training on (coastal) wetlands; sustainable water management is a key issue. A strong emphasis was placed on making ecosystems and local livelihoods more resilient to climate change.

During the training, income generating mechanisms were discussed which should help to reduce dependency on limited government funding.


As a result of this training, participants are now well equipped to engage in new activities including:

  • Facilitating the elaboration of management plans for (coastal) wetlands in close cooperation with local stakeholders and in consideration of existing local livelihoods.
  • The facilitation of dialogues with local stakeholders and wider stakeholder meetings toward coordinated management approaches of the water resources, biodiversity and other ecosystem services.
  • Managing the design and implementation of protected areas management strategies, which incorporate inter-linkages and interdependencies of local communities and protected areas.

With the wider objective of sustainable natural resource development and management in mind, CDI was able to apply its expertise in the designing and facilitation of courses and trainings to ensure that the Wildlife Division’s efforts adopt an inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach which incorporates the wider array of local livelihood and situation perspectives.