Monday, March 25, 2013

Ghana, Togo to share water dam

World water day participants
By Patrick Baidoo

The likely hood of countries engaging each other in conflicts as a result of water scarcity and the socio-economic benefits they stand to gain has prompted Ghana and Togo to consider the construction of a common water dam.

Water Commission, schools plant trees on water day

Ben Ampomah, Ag Exe Sec., WRC (knees bent), plants a tree.
The Water Resources Commission (WRC) has provided tree seedlings to four basic schools in Accra, for nurturing to commemorate the 2013, World Water Day (WWD).

Governments tasked to make WASH for all African’s a reality by 2030 – WaterAid

Dr. Afia Zakiya, Ghana Country Representative-WaterAid
International NGO WaterAid has called on African leaders to support and implement policies and projects that target providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for all persons living on the continent by 2030.

Safe water, Kosmos energy save 7,000 lives

Ken Keag, Ghana Country Manager, Kosmos Energy
By Patrick Baidoo

Over 7,000 inhabitants living across five coastal communities in the Western Region are to benefit from a mechanized water system which will alleviate their lack of access to potable water.

Post 2015: A goal for water, sanitation and hygiene - WSA

Destina Samani - Ghana Resident Representative - WSA
Source: WSA

Africa must seize the opportunity of World Water Day, which is celebrated annually on 22nd March and the period up to the next UN General Assembly in September 2013, to call for a goal on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as the world prepares for another development agenda after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.

Statement by Chief Executive of Community Water and Sanitation Agency to mark World Water Day

Mr. Gaze of Community Water and Sanitation Agency
Since 1993, on the 22nd of March each year, countries all over the world observe World Water Day. A relevant theme is chosen every year to focus attention on an aspect of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Achieving MDGs and Beyond: CWSA’s 18 years of cooperation in delivering rural water and sanitation

Source: Pauline E. P. Tambro, Chief Public Relations Manager – CWSA

Historically, the provision of potable water for Ghanaians has been the responsibility of public institutions. For instance, Act 310 of 1965, mandated the then Ghana Water and Sewerage Corporation (GWSC), now Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to "provide and manage potable water supply and sewerage services for domestic and industrial purposes throughout the country". Its responsibility included the provision, distribution and conservation of water in Ghana for public, domestic and industrial purposes. The supply of potable water was to both urban and rural Ghana.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Ghana develops technology assessment framework to sustain water, sanitation facilities

By Patrick Baidoo

With a few years to the MDG 2015 threshold for Country’s globally, Ghana seemingly is lagging behind on attaining the 54 % benchmark on Sanitation although it has done extremely well in the area of potable water provision to both urban and rural communities.

Ghana host’s West Africa climate change centre

Dr. Oteng-Adjei
Source: Correspondent

An International Centre on Climate Change is to be established in Accra, to serve as a hub for information on climate change issues in the Africa sub-region.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Developing nations pioneer system to track climate change adaptation

New systems for tracking the social impacts of efforts to adapt to climate change could soon be in place in Africa and South Asia.

Climate change measures: Report praises politicians

Dr. Joe Oteng Adjei
By Roger Harrabin – Environmental analyst

Politicians are doing more to combat climate change than they are given credit for, according to a report. It says 32 out of 33 countries surveyed have introduced, or are producing, significant climate-related laws.

Think-tank alliance identifies eight shifts needed for sustainability

A new international alliance of research institutes has identified eight major shifts that must take place for humanity to achieve sustainable development.

Innovation improves gender programs & development in Africa

Source: World Bank

Despite the steady economic growth in many African countries over the last few years, gains have not always translated into greater gender equality or poverty reduction, the World Bank announced today.

Africa's food markets could create one trillion dollar opportunity by 2030

Africa's farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods, and if African governments can work more closely with agribusinesses to feed the regions fast-growing urban population, according to a new World Bank report launched.

Ghana: Daboase water treatment headworks to produce 22 million gallons of water

Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works
Source: Resource Centre Network

The Daboase Water Treatment Headworks in the Sekondi/Takoradi metropolis is to be expanded to produce 22 million gallons of water a day to meet the growing demand resulting from the rise in the population of residents of the metropolis.

Ghana: Collaborate for water quality in Brong-Ahafo – EPA

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Directorate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called for collaboration with stakeholders in ensuring environmental best practices for the early detection of any change in water quality in the region.