(Xinhua) -- Senior Program Officer of
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Emmanuel Tachie
Obeng, said here Tuesday an integrated water resource management
is conducive to the attainment of water security.
He made the remarks during a
three-day training workshop for media personnel on “Reporting on
Water Issues and Climate Change” in the country.
Speaking on the topic “Climate
Change and Water Security—Understanding the Issues”, Obeng
emphasized that studies conducted over the years had shown a
change in the climatic conditions of the West African country
since the 1970s.
The change, he noted, had
resulted in very high temperatures, shortening of both the major
and minor rainfall seasons, as well as change in the air mass.
According to him, energy
emission from vehicles and industrial sectors was the highest
cause of climate change in the country.
Other drivers of climate change
include cutting down of trees for various uses, industrial
processing as well as solid and liquid waste disposal.
“Climate change is with us
and we have to find appropriate ways of dealing with the
negative impact,” the EPA Program Officer remarked.
He urged a collaboration from
various stakeholder agencies, including the EPA, the Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and the Water
Resources Commission (WRC).
“Water is an engine of
economic development and therefore its management and
allocation needs to be integrated within national development
priorities,” he emphasized.
Obeng further observed that
peace and security, strong institutions and appropriate
policies, guidelines, and infrastructure development were some
of the measures that could be put in place to ensure water
Others were research, capacity
building and innovative thinking as well as openness and popular
He urged journalists to build
their capacities to understand issues in the sector to be able
to educate the public from an informed position.
The Country Director for the
Ghana Water Partnership (GWP), Maxwell Boateng-Gyimah, said the
Global Water Partnership vision of the GWP was to promote a
water secure world.
The GWP, he said, had
established partnership with governments and institutions to see
water as key to the socio-economic development of the people.
The GWP is currently
undertaking a project titled “Water, Climate and Development
Project” to foster strong linkage between water resources and
The aim is to integrate water
security and climate resilience into development planning and
the decision making processes.
The GWP, in collaboration with
the Global Water Partnership, he observed, would do its best to
engage all stakeholders, including the media, to promote water
security and climate issues.