Ghana To Turn Water Reservoirs into Security Zone Areas

The Executive Secretary of the Water Resources Commission (WRC), Ben Ampomah, has said that Ghana is in the process of turning all water reservoirs into security zones to safeguard the provision of the quality treated water for the people.
During the United Nations University-Institute of Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) Stakeholders’ Engagement workshop on the 61st National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) held in Accra, he encouraged stakeholders in Ghana to adopt and adapt the Sustainable Development Goal Policy Support System (SDG PSS) since it was user friendly and generic.
In his introductory remarks, the Head of the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), administered by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Dr. Jong Soo Yoon, indicated that experts have warned that the world would experience more environmental catastrophes if efforts were not made to effectively implement the SDGs.
He said despite these warnings, insufficient progress has been made.
Taking participants through an ‘Overview of SDG 6 and Water in the World We Want’, Lisa Guppy of the United Nations University – Institute of Water, Environment and Health said there was the urgent need to build synergies in the WASH sector to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all and would require that stakeholders analyse their systems to identify the gaps and challenges in their domestic policies and work towards addressing them.
She said water and sanitation were intertwine and to achieve the SDG targets of water required collaboration and cooperation among WASH sector actors (Government, CSOs, and NGOs).
The workshop sought to build the commitment of stakeholders towards the achievement of water-related SDGs in Ghana; to introduce the international project “Water in the World We Want” to stakeholders in Ghana and to demonstrate the SDG policy Support System (SDG PSS); and to discuss with WASH sector stakeholders steps towards collaborative policy making that enables the achievement of water-related SDGs.


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