Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust (GHCT) also known as “The Trust” is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization set up to promote the preservation and conservation of Ghana’s historic monuments, sites and biodiversity.
Kakum Conservation Area is a wildlife protected area located in the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana, West Africa. It is approximately 35km north of Cape Coast, the regional capital. The conservation area which covers 360km consists of Kakum National Park and Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve.
The area falls within Assin South and Twifo Lower Denkyira Districts and traditionally under the Twifo, Assin, Denkyira and Fanti (Abakrampa) people of the Central Region. Subsistence and commercial types of agriculture are the predominant activities in the communities surrounding the two reserves.The area is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species and the world famous Kakum Canopy Walkway.Kakum National Park Visitors’ Centre and the Canopy Walkway GHCT manages Kakum National Park Visitors’ Centre (KNPVC) and is responsible for the day to day management and maintenance of the Kakum Canopy Walkway.
When the then Regional Secretary, the late Mr. Ato Austin, took over the headship of the then Central Regional Administration (now Regional Co-ordinating Council – RCC) in the 1980’s he focused on tourism as one of the solutions of the region’s social and economic woes.
He initiated (short term) the Natural Resource Conservation and Historic Preservation (NRCHP) project at the end of which GHCT was established to consolidate the gains accruing from the NRCHP. Later, the USAID was invited to support the project in 1992.
The Trustees invited to form the two separate Trust (one for historic heritage and one for the conservation of nature) unanimously decided to combine into a single Trust, GHCT.