Fallen coconut trees on the sea shore
Fallen coconut trees lie awash near the sea shore in Azizakpey, Ghana, against a backdrop of abandoned houses.
In total, rising sea levels have taken more than 600m of the land on Azizakpey, and with them, eroded the sea shore.One of the very tangible effets of sea erosion has been the uprooting and death of coconut trees, as they became exposed, and eventually toppled to the ground.
Coconut trees are an important source of livelihood for the people of Azizapkey. Their fruits are processed into coconut oil, while other parts of the tree are used to make products, such as brooms. With fewer coconut trees, and their homes being washed away slowly, many inhabitants have lately had to make the decision to leave Azizakpey, and relocate to neighboring communities such as Ada-Foah, Atortorkopey, Gorm, Aflive or Kasseh.
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