A two-day workshop on air quality and climate change has opened in Accra with the aim to discuss and share knowledge on climate change and its impact on air quality in the city.
The objective of the workshop is to provide an update on climate change developments and explore how to enable cooperation and coordination among all stakeholders at government levels to improve air quality and address climate change in Accra.
The workshop is being hosted by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), UN-Habitat, World Health Organisation (WHO), and ‘ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability with support from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).
Participants for the workshop were drawn from the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies across the country, ministries, departments and agencies, as well as Lagos Nigeria, Dakar, and Senegal.
Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, in a remark expressed the city's commitment to address issues relating to climate change adding that, the city of Accra had engaged in energy-efficient projects, promoting effective waste management including waste segregation, recycling as well as tree planting and awareness creation among vulnerable communities as part of efforts to address the impact of climate change.
He called for collaboration between MMDAs in the region to help address climate change issues.
The workshop is also expected to serve as a platform to inform participants about the Accra climate Action Planning Program by providing information and knowledge developed through the urban health and SLCP reduction project.
It is expected to further inform AMA, EPA, GAMA municipalities, National Ministries and other actors on the significance and need for ensuring vertical integration in the work towards reducing impacts of air pollution on health and climate change.