Regional News Thu, 22 May 2014

National climate change policy developed

The Ministry of Environment Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has developed a national climate change policy to mitigate the negative impact of climate change.

A strategic Master Plan for the implementation of the policy is also at its final stage of completion. The document is expected to provide an opportunity for Ghana to benefit from global climate funds and initiatives to implement planned projects.

The sector Minister, Dr Joe Oteng-Adjei, who announced this at the meet-the -press series in Accra yesterday, said a national environment policy had also been developed and approved by cabinet.

He indicated that the policy would provide strategic direction to Ghanaians in working towards a society where all would have access to sufficient and wholesome food, clean air and water, decent housing and other necessities of life.

Protection of Marine environment

Dr Oteng-Adjei said the ministry and the finance ministry had signed an agreement with the support of the government of Norway to ensure that energy was produced and utilised in an environmentally sound manner.


He said that would also ensure that Ghana’s oil and gas resource endowment was managed to ensure the sustainability of the environment.

“The ministry is also pursuing a project to establish a satellite ground receiving station that will enable relevant agencies to access up-to-date satellite data to monitor environmental degradation practices such as deforestation and illegal mining, as well as ensure the monitoring of the activities of natural resource management such as land use, oil exploration and border control activities”, he said.

Technology Fund

Dr Oteng-Adjei asserted that the ministry had also launched the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Fund to provide funding support for science, technology and innovation initiatives, as well as promote scientific research and development geared towards addressing social needs in specific areas such as agriculture.

He said currently, the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) was working assiduously to establish a Nuclear and Medical Imaging Centre for cancer prevention, screening for early detection and treatment of the most common cancer types.

He said the GAEC had embarked on a resource mobilisation for infrastructural development towards the project and a proposal had been developed and was being supported by the International Atomic Energy (IAEA).

Source: Graphic.com.gh