3D modeling supports sustainable landscape management in Atiwa West District

With the aim of promoting a better understanding of the geographical characteristics of the Atiwa landscape, high school students of the Kwabeng Anglican Senior High Technical School (KASHTS) participated in the construction of a three-dimensional (3D) model of the landscape.

About 25 students joined community members from Kwabeng, Abomosu and Tumfa in a series of workshops which were held from 9-14 August 2021, which permitted them to produce an accurate model that can inform land use decision-making in the Atiwa West District. The process was facilitated by a 3D modeling expert from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to ensure a high-quality result.

The 3D model was then gifted to the Atiwa West District Assembly in a ceremony held on 16 August in Kwabeng, which was attended by the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Isaac Akomaning Asamoah, and the District Coordinating Director (DCD), Ms. Emilia Osaadu. The District Assembly will house the model for use in project planning and agricultural training sessions.

The final 3D model on display. Photo: CIFOR

“This has been a unique opportunity for community members and youth to jointly collaborate in a geography project that will be very useful for local authorities from Atiwa West to better understand their landscape and engage in sustainable planning,” said Dr. Emily Gallagher, scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

“Thanks to activities like this one, which educate the population on sustainability activities, the people in Atiwa West are now aware of the importance of preserving the Atiwa Forest and tackling illegal mining,” said Mr. Isaac Akomaning Asamoah.

This activity was organized by CIFOR and the Faculty of Natural Resources of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in the framework of the European Union-funded Governing Multifunctional Landscapes (GML) project, which aims to implement a jurisdictional approach in Eastern Ghana’s Atiwa landscape with the aim of decoupling agriculture expansion and deforestation.

A similar participatory 3D modeling workshop will be held in Kwaebibirem Municipality in September 2021.