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Who we are

Who we are

The 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 with USAID in 2000 with a seventeen-member Board with a USAID ex-officio member.

“The Trust” has consolidated the gains achieved during the Natural Resource Conservation and Historic Preservation (NRCHP) project resulting in the creation of the Kakum Conservation Area (KCA), the restoration of Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, and Fort Saint Jago also in Elmina among others.

Our Vision

GHCT determines to become a leader in the promotion, conservation and preservation of Ghana’s natural, cultural and historic heritage.

Our Mission

To develop, enhance and manage the natural, cultural and historic environmental potential of the Central Region; while acting as the catalyst for the same across Ghana, through sustainable partnerships with relevant stakeholders.

Core Values


Consistently serving transparently, with loyalty and honesty.


Ensuring that our activities foster and nurture longevity: so that future generations can meet their own needs, by balancing environmental and economic requirements.


Consistently demonstrating self-respect, respect for others, the environment, and all relevant and approved eco-systems.


Ensuring that provision is made to support an outstanding safe and fun experience, where everyone feels socially, emotionally, and physically secure, on our premises.


The mission of the Trust is pursued through four major objectives:

  • Ensure the maintenance and effective management of facilities and infrastructure;
  • Create awareness of the monuments and the park, both to promote visitation and as a means of educating the public about the importance of conserving the resources;
  • Support research in order to expand the base of knowledge about the monuments and park and to disseminate this information as appropriate for management and interpretation; and
  • Enhance the quality of life in communities surrounding the monuments and parks through sustained and sustainable economic growth.

Our Strategy:

  • Facilitate and support the functions of the Kakum National Park and Monuments (Cape Coast and Elmina Castles and Fort San Jago) and selected socio-economic activities in operating communities.
  • Raise funds and leverage additional resources to grow the endowment.
  • Advocate policies and initiatives that support the Trust’s mission in pursuit of Ghana’s development and the maintenance of the Kakum National Park and Monuments.
  • Catalyze other historic preservation and natural resource conservation projects.

Partners / Stakeholders

GHCT values nurturing and building relations with key stakeholders to achieve its objectives. The Trust seeks out partners to be able to do things we wouldn’t be able to on your own, to expand our skillsets, resources, and support to our numerous visitors and beneficiaries. Partner us, so together we can ensure the sustainability of Ghana’s natural, cultural and historic heritage.

Check out our Annual Reports

This edition of the Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust Annual Report provides an overview of our work over time.


  • Eight (8) paramountcies in the operational areas of GHCT namely Denkyira, Twifo Hemang, Assin Attandanso, Abura, Oguaa, Effutuakwa, Apimanim and Edina
  • Local Authorities: Six (6) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA) in the operational areas of GHCT namely Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA), Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abirim Municipal Assembly (KEEAMA), Assin Central District Assembly (ACDA), Assin South District Assembly (ASDA), Hemang Lower Denkyira District Assembly (HLDDA) and Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese District Assembly (AAKDA).