Ghana Land Use Project

Linking deforestation, urbanization, and agricultural expansion for land-use decisions in Ghana

Ghana Land Use Project

Linking deforestation, urbanization, and agricultural expansion for land-use decisions in Ghana

Ghana Land Use Project

Linking deforestation, urbanization, and agricultural expansion for land-use decisions in Ghana

Ghana Land Use Project

Linking deforestation, urbanization, and agricultural expansion for land-use decisions in Ghana

Ghana Land Use Project

Linking deforestation, urbanization, and agricultural expansion for land-use decisions in Ghana

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About GALUP

In Ghana, farmlands and cities are expanding rapidly into the savannas, woodlands and forests. The Ghana Land Use Project (GALUP) project will enhance the current operational planning framework and building capacity for effective land use planning in Ghana. Working in close collaboration with national and regional authorities in Ashanti, Eastern and Central Regions in Ghana, the project aims to build local capacity in the region regarding remote sensing and GIS, and transfer the land use planning framework for continued planning.

The GALUP project has been awarded by SERVIR, a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development to help developing countries use Earth-observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use. It is led by Professor Jasmeet Judge in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department at the University of Florida (UF), in collaboration with researchers from UF, the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERSGIS) in Ghana, and the University of Ghana. Follow us on Twitter.

Capacity Building

 

One of GALUP’s objectives is to help build local capacity in applying tools empowered by Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies to inform and ensure sustainable land use practices.

Our project includes workshops aiming at helping trainees to familiarize themselves with the use of LUCIS-OPEN, a GIS-based, open-source land use planning framework. 

These training sessions are intended for staff at the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authorithy (LUSPA) of Ghana. LUSPA develops land use policies and planning frameworks at national, regional, and local levels. In due course, capacity building exercises will be conducted in collaboration between the University of Florida, the Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services CERSGIS, LUSPA, and the representative District Assemblies (DAs) in the Twifo Lower Denkyira District (TLDD) and in the Asante Akim Central Municipal District (AACMD).

 

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Recent Activities

Visit of GALUP team to Ghana: First stop, we visitied our technical partners at the Land Use and Spatial Planning Autorithy (LUSPA), National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and USAID in Accra
 
April-May, 2022, was marked by our visit to Accra, and the districts of Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira and Asante Akim Municipal. Featured on the photo from left to right:

 Rosette Agyekum – Agartha Addo – Theophilus Anum Adjei – Abigail Amankwah – Elvis Mensah – Abena Apeaa Adu – Emmanuel Tetteh-Wayo Nii – Huziemata Yakubu – Patrick Apraku – Barbara Adomaa Kumi – Foster Mensah, Cersgis – Beatrice Owusu-Appiah – Jasmeet Judge, UF – Prosper Kwarme – Chapman Owusu-Sekyere, LUSPA – Joseph Dennis Quarcoo – Enoch Anchebah – Changjie Chen, UF – Celestina Deku – Ama Boadu


 

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We visited our partners of the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira District in the Central Region.

Featured on the photo from left to right:

 Mawuli Doe – Dominic Abakah – Sagito Musah Issaka – Oware Ampomah – Frank Matey Korli – Dr. Aditya Singh, UF – Dr. Jasmeet Judge, UF – Prince Gyabeng – Dr. Changjie Chen, UF – Napoleon Owusu Asante – Elsie Nai –Silas Achidago, LUSPA

 

 


 

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We visited our partners of the Asante Akim Central Municipal District members in the Ashanti Region.

Featured on the photo, from left to right: 

Prince Darkwah, Minerals Commission – Edem Kokou Mawu, EPA – Foster Mensah, Cersgis – Jasmeet Judge, UF – Robert Yaw Kwakye, Chief Executive AAC – Changjie Chen, UF – Gideon Tetteh, Physical planner AAC – Adwoa Obeng, Development planner – Enoch Asem, Minerals Commission – Silas Achidago, LUSPA – Dennis Frimpong, Minerals Commission

 


 

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Congratulations to all the participants who successfully completed our online workshops!

In August 2021, thirty-six participants from LUSPA, CERSGIS, Agrhymet and ICRISAT completed our 2nd online training on the Land Use Suitability Analysis with QGIS Tools

In December 2021, forty participants from LUSPA, CERSGIS, Agrhymet and ICRISAT completed our 2nd online training on the Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing

In June 2022, seventeen participants from LUSPA, CERSGIS, Agrhymet and ICRISAT completed our 3rd online training on the Integrated Decision Units for land use suitability modeling

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Visiting our partners of the NDPC in Accra

Featured from left to right: 

Kofi Ntim - Dr. Nana Opare-Djan - Foster Mensah - Changjie Chen- Jasmeet Judge- Jonathan K. Azasoo - Angela Yarboi - Chapman Owusu-Sekyere - Silas Achidago – Harriet Doghle – Wilfred E. Sam-Awortwi – Silas Owusu Asante - Elvis Ocansey
 
 

 

 
 

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Visiting our partners of USAID in Accra

Featured from left to right:

Chris Schaan - Foster Mensah - Matthew Anderson - Jasmeet Judge - Changjie Chen - Aditya Singh - Halima Ouattara-Ayanou

 

 

 


 

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