Satoyama Initiatives

Satoyama Initiatives


Development gains in Keta can be easily wiped out by disasters. The current tidal waves destroyed homes, crops and livelihoods, and displaced 25% percent of the Anlo people. The tidal waves inflicted economic loss and damage estimated at some USD 10 million. The 7th -10th November, 2021 tidal waves have caused massive disaster in Keta, specifically the communities in which SAFE Ghana is currently working with Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) pilots with International Christian University, Tokyo, Ho Technical University and local communities in Kedzikorpe and Abutiakorpe. This has made our interv entions even more critical and urgent.

Keta is probably one of the few areas in Ghana that live with the daily adverse impacts of climate change and bad industrial development policies. No other group of states and communities are vulnerable to climate change than low-lying areas like Keta. Over the coming years, the combination of intensifying sea waves and ongoing and accelerating sea level rise is expected to have dire impacts on our historic states in Anlo, Keta and Ketu. The increasing impacts will not only undermine efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, but also pose threats to habitability and safety of Keta, Anlo and Ketu and its communities. This will further expose the uneven development practices promoted in Ghana.


  • Mobilize and strengthen institutions, human resources, awareness & knowledge for resilient coastal management in Anlo, Keta and Ketu.
  • Execute an emergency response to vulnerabilities and livelihood improvements for families and communities affected by the 5th -10th tidal waves in Keta, Ketu and Anlo.
  • Establish a sustainable financing mechanism for long-term adaptation and venture development efforts by local communities and youth.
  • Facilitating the development of a participatory people-centered advocacy campaign for land use planning, Keta Port Construction and Keta Coastal Adaptation project