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ARAP hold the Third National Dialogue on Environmental Governance
Published 15/10/2019
ARAP hold the Third National Dialogue on Environmental Governance
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2019-09-24
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Kumasi, 24 September 2019 – The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) under the EU-funded Accountability, Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP), hold the Third National Dialogue on Environmental Governance. This event was part of the study to investigate public perception on the state of corruption, public accountability and environmental governance in Ghana.

The objective of this event was to engage, educate and empower the citizenry to actively participate in the governance process by contributing to a reduction in corruption, improvement in accountability and compliance with the rule of law, and enhanced environmental governance.

Addressing the gathering was Ms Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) on the challenges that sponsor these environmental distresses. She urged attendees to re-examine their daily routines and begin to be more sensitive to their roles in making the environment a sustainable one.

Ms Ana Sánchez, ARAP Team Leader, said that “participatory governance is a crucial pillar of a democratic life and rule of law” and commended the Ghanaian institutions and its society for the positive strides towards the environmental governance.

Citizens feedback on key environmental concerns based on findings ranked illegal mining, deforestation and noise pollution 2nd, 4th and 13th respectively out of 15 other environmental concerns raised. Thirty-nine per cent of the respondents mentioned illegal mining as their environmental concern. Three per cent (2.7%) indicated deforestation, while 0.3% specified noise pollution as their concern.

The Dialogue, therefore, discussed issues related to policies, programmes and strategies that have been put in place or yet to be implemented to improve the environmental governance space in Ghana.

While Ghana has made its fair share of commitments which ranges from legal/ constitutional provisions, climate, environmental and sanitation policies and programmes, progress can only be made through effective implementation of these commitments that are related to good environmental governance. However, corruption, challenges of rule of law, lack of accountability in environmental governance regimes is a threat to the quest to attain a sustainable environment in Ghana.

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About ARAP

The ARAP - Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme project joins the Ghanaian government's efforts to reduce corruption. This Programme is funded by the European Union Delegation to Ghana and is currently implemented by the Fundacion Internacional y para Iberoamerica de Administracion y Politicas Publicas (FIIAPP). This programme aims to promote good governance and support national reform, in order to enhance accountability and strengthen anti-corruption efforts across the country.