Conservation and Cultivation of Endangered Medicinal Plants
Conservation and Cultivation of Endangered Medicinal Plants
Conservation of medicinal plants is of national and international importance as over 60 % of Ghana’s population depend s on these resources and many western allotrophic drugs are also derived from them. Unfortunately, these resources are under serious threat particularly in the savanna zones, which experience bushfires, excessive grazing of livestock, conversion of wild ecosystems into farmlands and increases in human habitation.The Centre has 259.2 Ha of land whish forms part of the Chipa Tributary Forest Reserve. Since acquiring the land in the mid 1980s, the Centre had cultivated only 20.25 Ha. With SGP assistance, the Centre worked with fringe communities under a tuangya system and in two years they had successfully cultivated 60.75 Ha of high demand medicinal plants such as Khaya senegalensis, Bligia sapida, Cassia siebariana, Lippia multiflora and Clausena anisata in an ecologically friendly practice that does not involve any agro-chemicals and artificial fertilizers. The project is still continuing and will hopefully plant the whole 259.2 Ha in ten years.
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Project Snapshot

Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine
Area Of Work:
Multifocal Area
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,840.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 5,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,000.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Impact
Contribute to National Biodiversity conservation
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Creayted awareness on the need to conserve and manage medicinal plants as a way of promoting biodiversity conservation.
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