EUAV FORESTS focuses on building the resilience of the communities living in these territories, through the civic engagement of European volunteers and local communities in Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Congo and Vietnam. The action that mobilises EUAV volunteers is divided into 5 strategic axes:
. A comprehensive approach to resilience, by carrying out a mapping study aimed at identifying, at all levels with the active participation of each of the communities concerned, the various factors of vulnerability to disasters and crises.
. Support provided by volunteers to vulnerable populations, which will allow the direct development of human capital so that they can reduce the impact of climate change and human induced pollutions cope and install an adaptation process.
. Activities to mobilize future generations, to help to develop the social capital of their communities, to limit future risks and, in return, to promote community development activities that will strengthen individual resilience.
. Dissemination of information, strengthening of social ties and support for local populations to set up projects that complement awareness-raising activities.
(=more than five years of experience) expert roles in climate change adaptation, forest resource management, awareness raising, communication and advocacy and project management. The working languages will be English and French.
. A last workstream is ensuring sustainability, awareness raising and fundamental change of attitudes through the involvement of young people in projects and advocacy campaigns around the rights of communities living in forest areas.
. After a rigorous selection procedure, the 27 EU volunteers selected for FORESTS will have the opportunity to travel to these countries to carry out junior or senior Operational details & security context
Ghana, an English-speaking country in West Africa with an estimated population of 28.8 million in 2017 (source: World Bank), is a country of 238,537 km2 surrounded by Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, and Togo to the east. It is a constitutional democracy with relatively well-functioning political and administrative institutions. The main cities are Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi and Tamale. The official language is English, and there are more than fifty local languages: Twi, Ewe, Ga-adangme, Dagbani, Dagare. The currency is the Ghana cedi. During the rainy season (March to June/July and then September and October), Ghana can suffer major flooding due to ageing urban development patterns, particularly in the working-class areas of Accra.
The security situation in Ghana is stable despite its northern border with Burkina Faso, whose surveillance has been strengthened. However, increased vigilance remains necessary in this area. The condition of roads in the capital and those connecting to major cities is relatively good but can be saturated and damaged in places. Traffic regulations are poorly respected by some drivers, sometimes leading to traffic accidents (speeding, overtaking on the right, no right-hand priority...). Driving at night is not recommended. During holiday periods (cultural/artistic celebrations, end of year celebrations), robberies, burglaries... are recorded. A welcome guide prepared by the Espace Volontariats du Ghana will be given to the volunteer upon arrival. This guide will contain information on safety, health, administrative and installation procedures, as well as all practical information to help the volunteer integrate better. In addition, the volunteer will be registered at the Consulate/Ambassy of his/her country of origin, or, failing that, as a European, he/she will be registered at the French Consulate in Accra.
Finally, the circulation of the COVID-19 virus and its variants remains active. Ghanaian airspace is currently open.
For all travelers, a negative Covid PCR test less than 72 hours old, from an accredited laboratory, is required upon arrival as well as a complete vaccinal strategy. Screening is done prior to boarding. The quarantine requirement is removed, except for those who test positive and must follow a medical protocol imposed by the health authorities. Travelers are required to undergo COVID-19 antigenic testing on arrival in Accra, which has to be paid before embarking.
In Ghana, France Volontaires welcomes French volunteers and encourages young Ghanaian volunteers on missions in France, and work closely with the French Embassy in Ghana and the Alliance Française d'Accra and Ghanaian volunteer stakeholders such as COVOG (Coalition of Volunteering Organizations in Ghana), National Service Scheme. The office is located within the premises of the Alliance Française d'Accra. The Espace Volontariats du Ghana is led by a National Representative based in Togo, Mr Moussa Bah ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and is daily managed by a Ghanaian Volunteering Development Support Officer and a French International Solidarity Volunteer working on Communication and Partnership relations.
The volunteer will work closely with the organization EcoCare Ghana ( http://www.ecocareghana.org/). EcoCare Ghana is a rights-based campaign and advocacy organization duly registered and licensed to operate as a local non-governmental organization. They focus on policy and practises around community rights and forests, and how it relates to development, climate change, wildlife conservation, agriculture and other land-use options. EcoCare Ghana seek to positively impact the livelihoods of resource communities for them to meaningfully contribute and equitably benefit and develop from resource use. EcoCare work to transform decision-making processes of natural resources so that resource owners obtain fairer benefit from their inheritance. EcoCare Ghana aims to create space through constructive citizen mobilization for the participation of local communities and other stakeholders in decision making processes on natural resources and environment. They work to support and enhance their contributions to those processes and strengthen mechanisms that will ensure that the decisions made are people-centred and reflect the voices of the people.