Safari Park Resort (Shai-Hills)

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Within the context of the Forest Resource Management programme, the Ghana Government and the World Bank, have agreed on a comprehensive and systematic evaluation of wildlife protected areas in Ghana and develop plans to meet their conservation requirement for tourism. Shai Hills, Game Reserve was established by Ghana Wildlife Department to conserve flora and fauna as well as tourism opportunities. Unfortunately due to certain factors, the aims of the Reserve are not met. Animal populations have failed to expand, some have lessened and the natural flora is seriously threatened from Invasion of exotics. Furthermore, in spite of its relative proximity to Accra, and other urbanised areas, visitor interest is low. Presently the area is under-utilised by educationalist and researchers, due to poor management practices and facilities. The aim of this project is to find functional linkages between conservation of biological diversity, local socio-economic development and cultural tradition. This is because it is an accepted fact that for protected areas to survive in a long term, local people must be beneficiaries of the protected area. WILDFLIFE IN THE NATIONAL CONTEXT At present, Ghana has is protected terrestrial areas of different categories under the Ghana Wildlife department which extends over 1, 247,600 ha. or 5.2% of the country. These are: (I) National Parks (ii) Wildlife Sanctuaries (iii) Nature Reserves (iv) Wetland Ramsar Sites. Shai Hill Game Reserve is one of the protected areas declared as such. The some objectives of the protected areas in Ghana are as if. (i) Conservation of Valuable natural heritage (ii) Preservation and maintenance of natural processes (iii) Protection of some endangered species (iv) Promotion of tourism i.e. ecotourism. However, due to inherent problem within the Ghana wildlife department, it is difficult to achieve their objectives to the fullest, especially in the area of tourism. In view of these bottlenecks within G.W.D, it has outlined a policy on tourism to out-source research into tourism and award of concessions to tourist operators in some protected areas by paying ground rents to develop tourist facilities.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, 1998