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IMET adjudges Mole National Park Best Managed in West Africa

The Mole National Park has been adjudged as the best managed National Parks in West Africa by the Integrated Management Effective Tool (IMET) assessment.

This was made public during the presentation of the results of an Integrated Management Effective Tool (IMET) restitution workshop held on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Paloma Hotel in Accra.

The event was organised under tutelage of the PAPBio-Regional Governance of Protected Areas and Security Programme which is being implemented by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), through its Regional Programme for Central and West Africa (PACO).

Representatives of the Wildlife Division of Forestry Commission, selected park managers of Ghana's Protected Area Network, non-state operators, and stakeholders working in the Mole landscape were brought together for the presentation.

The IMET campaigns within West African protected areas were begun in order to have a harmonised computer-based reporting system, which is usable by all protected areas at local, national, and regional levels.

The assessment is also meant to improve the efficiency of protected areas management and to feed the regional observatory for biodiversity and protected areas in West Africa.

The workshop also afforded protected area managers the opportunity to be sensitized on the importance of the IMET tool for the assessment of protected areas.

The Executive Director of the PAPBio Programme, Dr. Arsene Sanon used the opportunity to officially hand over deliverables from the IMET campaigns to the representative of the Executive Director of the Wildlife Division, Mr. Enoch Amasa Ashie.

The deliverables were later handed over to the manager of the Mole National Park, Mr. Ali Mahama.

In November 2021, Mole National Park was privileged to have an IMET assessment team led by an experienced IMET coach Phillipe Tamani carry out an intensive five-day-long assessment at the Mole National Park.

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