Reviving the Biodiversity in the Sango Lagoon and Adjacent Wetlands
Reviving the Biodiversity in the Sango Lagoon and Adjacent Wetlands
Lagoons are vital ecosystems for the development of the juvenile stages of many marine biodiversity since they contain brackish water.Brackish water is less saline than sea water. The Sango lagoon, located in the densely populated peri-urban township of Teshie near Accra, the capital, had become almost completely silted and choked with solid waste because of improper disposal of gabbage, which finally enters the sea. The lagoon also received heavy loads of liquid waste because of improper disposal of such waste. The project dredged the silt out of the lagoon and main drains that open into the lagoon and created mudflats in the middle of the lagoon. It also repaired the drains by lining them with concrete and sandcrete blocks thereby reducing the rate of siltation. The project provided a public place of convenience to reduce the intake of liquid waste. Within few months of the dredging of the lagoon, the latter started showing the presence of fish and other biodiversity, as there was an influx of seawater. This project generated a lot of interest from many coastal communities wanting similar assistance. Unfortunately, the desiltation of lagoons requires the extensive use of expensive heavy machinery so the project had to depend on Government assistance as co-funding.
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Project Snapshot

Popular Teshie 1964 School Leaver's Union
Area Of Work:
Multifocal Area
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 20,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 30,000.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Notable Community Participation
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SGP Country office contact

Dr. George Buabin Ortsin
Ms. Lois Sarpong
+233 505740909


UNDP, Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme P.O. Box 1423
Accra, Greater Accra, 233-302