Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ghana Ready With National Climate Change Policy

Ghana is taking proactive steps in response to the challenges of climate change with the formulation of a National Climate Change Policy Framework (NCCPF).

The policy framework acknowledges that climate change is a risk to natural resources that are critical to the country’s economic well-being, and, therefore, views adaptation to climate change as crucial intervention to help the nation cope with the impact of climate change.

Among other things, the blueprint aims at making Ghana a climate-resilient and compatible economy, while ensuring that the country achieves sustainable development and equitable low carbon economic growth.

At a forum in Accra to discuss the policy framework with the view to fine-tuning it for implementation, environmental and policy experts stressed the need for the nation to back the policy framework with action to ensure that Ghana did not suffer unduly from the harshness of climate change.

Addressing the participants, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Ms Sherry Ayittey, expressed the hope that the blueprint on climate change would help the country confront the phenomenon “that threatens our lives, our very existence, our social cohesion and our economic progress”.

She said the dangers and uncertainties imposed by climate change had been sufficiently bemoaned, and it was time for the nation to respond proactively to dealing with the phenomenon.

Giving an overview of the policy framework, the acting Director of the Institute of Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, Professor Chris Gordon, observed that the climate had changed immensely in recent past mainly due to human activity.

He said the change in climate had resulted in consistent temperature increases, while the sea level also kept rising.

Professor Gordon said given the changing climate pattern, Ghana would not be able to grow cocoa by 2080.

 The Omanhen of Esikado in the Western Region, Nana Kobina Nketiah, who chaired the forum, said climate change was largely the making of man.

He said the challenge of climate change was not partisan or economic, but rather an “existential” challenge in which “we survive or perish together”.
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