Institute Of Green Growth Solutions Partners Stakeholders To Promote Effective Natural Resource Governance and Management

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Mar 2015

A Natural Resource Governance conference has taken place in Accra, with a call on all stakeholders to collaborate in an effort to safeguard Ghana’s natural resources through effective and comprehensive policies.

 

The conference, which took place on the theme: ‘Natural Resource Governance and Management in Ghana—The Stride Towards Efficient Use of our Natural Resources’, was organized by the Institute of Green Growth Solutions, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer StIftung Foundation, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Minerals Commission and the Forestry Commission.

The conference provided a platform to assess, from a non-partisan perspective, the institutional readiness, capacity-building initiatives, environmental legislation, local content interest protection and promotion, and contract renegotiation procedures, among others, with regard to Ghana’s current natural resource management and governance framework.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the conference, yesterday, the Charges d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana, Mr Zhou You bin, pledged China’s commitment to contributing more, through joint efforts, to the natural resources management and transformation agenda of Ghana.

Mr bin said China was supporting Ghana’s natural resources management by building the country’s human resource capacity.

He said each year, China had offered 300 training opportunities in China for which some Ghanaian organizations involved in natural resource activities had benefitted, adding that since 2008, more than 2,000 Ghanaians had received training in China, topping the Middle East and West Africa.

He called on the Government of Ghana to streamline and boost the vitality of small-scale mining which, he said, contributed about one-third of the total gold production in Ghana and 100 per cent of the country’s diamond in 2013.

In his remarks, Dr Toni Aubynn, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Minerals Commission, said Ghana was among the first countries in Africa to legalize small-scale mining.

Dr Aubynn disclosed that practices on small-scale mining were being reviewed to establish sanity in their operations.

In a presentation delivered on his behalf, Mr Samuel Afari-Dartey, CEO, Forestry Commission, disclosed that a Wood Procurement Policy was being developed as a strategy to mitigate forest resource depletion.

Mr Afari-Dartey said the policy would ensure that only legal wood would be sold on the domestic market and require all government agencies to procure only legal timber for their projects.

Welcoming participants to the conference, Dr Eric Twum, CEO of Green Growth Solutions, stressed the need to institute effective governance and management practices in the natural resource sector of the country in order to promote national development and the people’s well-being.

Dr Twum said priority attention should also be given to curbing air and water pollution, and the protection of the environment.

Furthermore, he said, there was the need to ensure implementation of related laws and regulations and to negotiate with development partners on a mutually-beneficial basis as obtained in Iraq and Botswana, for example.

Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)