Ghana maps out strategy on climate change

A national policy implementation strategy document has been developed to guide the implementation of the national climate change policy (NCCP).

The strategy was mapped out of the NCCP to operationalise its implementation. 

The policy implementation strategy document, which is at the draft stage, is meant to provide a practical strategy toward achieving the tenets in the NCCP document.

National consultations and validation workshop
The deputy director in charge of Climate Change at the Ministry Of Environment Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) told the Daily Graphic that the document was going through national consultation to make it accurate and fine-tuned.

According to him, as part of activities to mark the national consultation, a workshop was organised in Accra on Thursday to offer development partners the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the draft and make necessary contributions to it.

He said the draft document had identified problems associated with climate change, their causes and had outlined strategies to solving the problems.

The document, an initiative of the MESTI, was put together by a 10-member consortium made up of consultants and experts in the various climate change issues addressed by the policy, Mr Dery said.

He said the ministry was ready to welcome any contribution to the document at this stage, and, therefore, its doors were opened to the public.

Streamline environmental issues
The Deputy Minister of MESTI, Dr Bernice Adiku Heloo, in an interview with the Daily Graphic after the validation workshop, said the ministry had been charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all ministries, departments and agencies streamlined environmental issues in its programmes.

According to her, this has made the materialisation of the document at this time very crucial.

She explained that the document would suggest to MESTI which ministries should tackle particular issues raised by the national climate change policy and the appropriate strategies to employ.

Dr Bernice Heloo said the ministry would hold persons and institutions that went contrary to the document, when finalised, accountable and to ensure that they faced the rigors of the law.

“Everybody or any institution engaging in anything that has connection with and impact on the climate must refer to both documents and act accordingly,” she added.

She was of the view that the document would make the work of foreign investors easier.

She explained that the document would give them guidelines in dealing with environmental issues related to climate change and what was required of them in terms of climate change.

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