Ghana vulnerable to impacts of climate change EPA boss declares

 

Acting Executive Director of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mr John A. Pwamang, has indicated that despite the low levels of greenhouse gas emissions, Ghana was highly venerable to the impacts of climate change.

 According to him, as part of global effort to tackle climate change, Ghana formulated its

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in 2015 and had since identified 20 migration and 11 adaptation programmes of actions in seven priority economic sectors for the implementation over ten-year period.

 

He added that the government of Ghana was aware of the threat unemployment and under-employment can pose to the country’s national stability, economic growth and development.

 

Mr Pwamang made this known when he was addressing participants at a four-day workshop on “Macro-economic Model Framework to Assess Social and Employment Impacts on Responses of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) in

Ghana (GJAM) in Accra yesterday

 

The event—which was jointly organised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with International Labour Organisation (ILO) was the first of its kind to be organised in Ghana.

 

The workshop was designed to help the country develop a strategic plan to stimulate

economic growth, employment, income and other aspects of the economy.

 

It also sought to generate knowledge and development policy response transition in the country by using the Green Jobs Assessment Model (GJAM).

 

He pointed out that the implementation of these actions were sure to help the country attain low carbon climate resilience effective adaptation and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction from 2020 to 2030.

 

Thus, he said areas such as sustainable land use including food security, climate proof

infrastructure, equitable social development, sustainable mass transportation, sustainable energy security, sustainable forest management and alternative urban waste management.

 

According to him, since the implementation of these 31 programmes will be over a ten- year period, Ghana is estimated to need US$22.6 billion investment from domestic and

international public and private sources.

 

Furthermore, he noted that the country would require US$6.3 billion from domestic sources to achieve 15% unconditional emission reduction below BAU and additional 30% conditional reduction below BAU.

 

Mr Pwamang stressed that “The need to mainstream employment issues in the

development agenda of the Ghana has also been indicated in the National Medium-Term Development Framework (NMTDF) prepared by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPAC).

 

“There is also an increasing recognition that environmental challenge and employment

and social issues are interconnected: The combination of the climate change

impacts affect the livelihoods of about 60% of Ghanaians,” he noted.

 

 

Therefore, he stressed the need for an integrated and coherent policy response that

would ensure a shift in the direction of more sustainable and resilient economies,

job opportunities

 

“For such a transformation to occur at a desirable pace, the economic gains in the

past must be sustained and improved upon in the years ahead,” he stated.

 

He added that “Being specific about the training, which has representatives from various sectors of the economy, he added, that the ILO’s approach was to build capacity of the

government and national institutions to develop a coherent nationally owned

green job models for its development planning to maximise employment opportunities.”

 

An Economist with the ILO, Marek Harsdorff, said the training will look at climate

change and response policies, model design, capacity building in respect to the

country’s needs and policy makers need and among others.

 

 

Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU

Writer’s email: freeman.koryekpor@todaygh.com

 

 

 

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