Ghana's Keta Lagoon Catering for People's Livelihoods

Keta Lagoon Keta Lagoon

Ghana's Keta Lagoon Catering for People's Livelihoods Featured

Keta Lagoon, home to turtles, birds, fish and a lot more biodiversity, is facing increasing pressure from unsustainable fishing and mining activity.

The Keta lagoon is a wetland situated to the east of the Volta river estuary, about 140 km east-northeast of Accra, Ghana’s capital. It makes for a stunning scenery and hosts a variety of birds, trees, insects, fishes, swamps and even grass. Interestingly, something perceived as insignificant as the type of grass around a water body can determine the kinds of organisms that live in and around it. Keta Lagoon's dominant vegetation includes swamps, scrublands, and mangrove forests, which are heavily exploited by resident communities for fuel and commercial fishing.

Keta Lagoon provides safe nesting grounds for certain threatened species of sea turtle, leatherback turtle, the green turtle, and it is particularly important for the Nile monitor and the vulnerable West African Manatee. It is considered the most important coastal wetland for birds in Ghana, and supports over 72 resident and migratory bird species.

As Africa's Bio Voice for Ghana, Ayesha Amadu has experienced the Lagoon's bustling biodiversity and the pressure on that biodiversity. Her story captures these dynamics.

 

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Ayesha Amadu

Ayesha Amadu

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