We don’t only want the best for our guest, but also the best for our community. That’s why we set a high value on being part of the community. This means that we buy local products, employ people from the region and are in active exchange with the various local actors.
Every year we have projects that are very much in the spirit of the communities. Through your visits to us, donations and volunteer activities you can become active yourself. Please feel free to contact us!
2019: Fighting environmental pollution at Songor Lagoon communities
In 2019 the focus of our project was the Songor Lagoon, which connects Ada West, Ada East Districts and the South Atlantic Ocean of Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Its natural and cultural values made it an asset to the local, national and international communities as it provides solar salt and hosts more than 50 species of migratory and local birds, and other endangered species.
In partnership with different Stakeholders in waste management and sanitation in Ada the Ada Tourism Association has organised a number of activities to contribute to sustainable efforts aimed at combating the problems of waste, especially plastic waste at the Songor Lagoon.
2018: Mangrove Conservation and Waste Management
In 2018, we managed to bring together the many different Stakeholders in waste management and sanitation. In addition, we were able to focus on the topic through two large Clean Up campaigns with more than 100 participants each, who were accompanied by the media. It was especially important for us to enable the exchange between the population and private and public actors. This gave people the opportunity to express their wishes and concerns and to exchange solutions.
In the area of mangrove protection, we were able to organise an educational unit on mangrove protection and a mangrove planting activity.
2017: Habitat regeneration to support ecotourism and climate change mitigation efforts
We developed awareness creation materials, organist seminars for stakeholders of Ada Tourism Stakeholders Association, in the field of climate change.
Additionally we coordinated watering of planted coconut trees by community women and youth.
2016: Improving The Local Tourism Industry in Ada
To expand the local revenue to facilitate execution of conservation activities and job creation, we replaced existing physical barriers restricting easy access to tourist sites and expanded alternative revenue mobilization mechanisms. Additionally we enhanced visibility and access within and between three major sites by developing tourist routes and signage’s using local materials.
2015: Establishment of Baseline Data for Sustainable Tourism Destination Management
The main goals was to establish Baseline Data (measure of degree of benefit/damage to environmental resources, socio-cultural assets and economic activities) against which future development can be monitored. Additionally we improved our management information systems used by stakeholders at the Ada destination, to involve the Baseline Data into our future steps.
2010 – 2014: COST
Ada is one of the Collaborative Action for Sustainable Tourism (COAST) Project’s demonstration sites. The COAST Project utilizes GEF funding in an implementation structure that brings together three UN agencies (UNEP, UNIDO and UNWTO) to “demonstrate and support the adoption of best practice strategies for sustainable tourism to reduce the degradation of marine and coastal environments of trans-boundary significance.