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. GHCT was set up in August 1996 and registered in February 1997 under the Trustee Incorporation Act of 1962 (Act 106). The Deed establishing the Fund was signed in 2000 with USAID with a seventeen-member Board and with USAID as an ex-officio member of the Board. GHCT started full operations in 1997. “The Trust” has consolidated the gains achieved during the Natural Resource Conservation and Historic Preservation (NRCHP) project resulting in the creation of Kakum Conservation Area (KCA), the restoration of Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, and Fort Saint Jago also in Elmina among others. To ensure that “The Trust” is able to perform its assigned tasks, GHCT is supported by a $2million endowment fund held in the U.S.A.
GHCT or The Trust is set-up to promote the preservation and conservation of Ghana’s historic monuments and sites and areas with significant biodiversity of national and global importance.
The Trust, in the immediate and medium term collaborates with statutory bodies such as the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) and the Wildlife Division (WD) of the Forestry Commission (FC) to promote conservation, protection and maintenance of the Castles and Fort in Cape Coast and Elmina, and the development of tourist attractions in and around the Kakum Conservation Area to enhance their integrity while stimulating economic activity in the area. In the long term, the Trust shall extend conservation activities to other parts of Ghana after establishing sustaining programmes in the initial areas. GHCT is solely responsible for the regular maintenance of the Canopy Walkway in Kakum National Park (KNP) and the management and development of the Visitor Centre on the Trust own land adjacent to KNP. The Trust also provides technical/financial support to WD-FC and GMMB, catalyses community development, promotes the operational areas and pursues conservation awareness, advocacy and education.
To achieve these, GHTC works in collaboration with a number of institutions to further its objectives. Some;