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EPA underlines water security in Ghana

ACCRA, (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 security.

Others were research, capacity building and innovative thinking as well as openness and popular participation.

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 climate.

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.



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