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Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Associate Executive Director, Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi for winning an award of $250 from the Pollination Project. The award will enable Sandra and SAVE THE FROGS! UCAES Chapter to organise the 8th Annual Save The Frogs Day in the Atewa District, home of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi). This year’s celebration will be on the theme; “SAVING THE ICONIC TOGO SLIPPERY FROG TO SAVE LIVELIHOODS.” Events will include a 30-minute radio program where we will talk about the current state of frogs in the Atewa Hills Forest Reserve and the implications threats to their survival will have on livelihoods. There will also be a street parade with drumming and dancing for frogs. During the parade, we will display placards to exhibit the effects of habitat destruction on frogs and the implications this has for local livelihoods. Some of the wordings on these placards will include “WATCH ATEWA’S FROGS DIE AND WITNESS A SURGE IN CROP PESTS,” “ATEWA’S FROGS ARE VULNERABLE, AND SO ARE YOU” among several others. We will crown the day with a soccer match between two local communities with a key note address to be delivered by Miss Owusu-Gyamfi. This event is expected to bring together over 300 participants and reach several others through social media campaigns.
The Atewa Hills Forest Reserve is Ghana’s most biodiverse yet seriously threatened wilderness area. It is home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog, a close relative of the world’s largest frog, the Goliath Frog (Conraua goliath). Within this area, there are widespread illegal mining and logging activities funded by both local and foreign individuals or organizations. These activities are unfortunately destroying critical habitats of the frog and other natural resources including water bodies that irrigate farmlands and supply over 5 million Ghanaians with drinking water. In recent years, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana together with other local non-profit conservation organizations have been spearheading campaigns to get the Government of Ghana to upgrade the status of the Atewa Hills Forest Reserve from a reserve to a national park for the permanent protection of frogs and other co-occurring biodiversity. This year’s Save The Frogs Day, will actively involve local people in the fight against the destruction of this unique forest to save local livelihoods.
Thanks to The Pollination Project for supporting this campaign!