Increasing data-mobilization capacity to conserve threatened medicinal plants in Ghana

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Wli waterfall, Volta Region, Ghana
Wli waterfall hike , Hohoe, Volta Region, Ghana. Photo by Stig Nygaard licensed under CC BY 2.0

Traditional medicines, particularly herbal ones, form an important and widespread component of the health-care system in Ghana. In fact, its high floristic and cultural diversity has a major impact on both local economies and biodiversity conservation.

Many species of medicinal plants are imperiled in Ghana due to threats from habitat loss, land-use and climate change, and unsustainable harvesting in the wild. However, no authoritative checklist of threatened medicinal plants exists for the country, and national policy decisions have yet to study or assess impacts on them.

In addition, very little digital information about Ghana’s medicinal plants is available for wider use, despite considerable documentation about human uses of them. Digitization and knowledge sharing are critical for preserving this indigenous cultural heritage and conserving the country’s plant diversity, so this project seeks not just to mobilize data on the threatened medicial plants of Ghana but also to enhance human capacity for digitizing and openly sharing it.

The team will engage major stakeholders in Ghana’s medicinal plant industry and develop information products useful for national policy and decision-making on the country’s medicinal plant resources.

Funding
€ 23,500
Co funding
€ 11,500
Type of grant
National grant
Duration
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2019
Programme
BID
Project identifier
BID-AF2017-0226-NAC
Funded by
Co funded by
Project lead
University of Ghana
Contact details

Prof. Alex Asase
University of Ghana / Ghana Biodiversity Information Facility (GhaBIF)
Department of Plant and Environmental Biology, University of Ghana
Accra, Ghana

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