EPA

Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1994 to improve and protect Ghana’s environment, oversee the implementation of the National Environment Policy’s, and find solutions to global environmental problems.  With offices throughout the country, it is the public body responsible for planning, managing and regulating all environment-related projects, policies and programmes.  Ensuring that environmental factors are included in development strategies at national, regional, district and community levels is central to the EPA’s work. 

For the EPA, public participation, new scientific and technological innovations, good governance and partnerships are all crucial to looking after Ghana’s air, land and water.  Due to ARAP’s particular focus on environmental governance in Ghana, the EPA is a fundamental partner for the programme.  Its expertise helps facilitate the training for judges and prosecutors in environmental law, as well as ARAP’s public education activities.

Within the environmental governance sector, ARAP has identified small scale mining as a serious environmental problem in Ghana. Joint efforts with the EPA have focussed on monitoring small scale mining, creating a reporting mechanism to address any non-compliant and illegal practices.  Such monitoring is a priority to strengthen environmental governance and tackle related corrupt activities.  EPA also helps to lead the programmes’ awareness campaigns to prevent such illegal and unsafe practices.

Latest News related to EPA
ARAP Coordination Unit in Ghana work remotely during the Corona pandemic
ARAP Coordination Unit in Ghana work remotely during the Corona pandemic
25/03/2020

The ARAP Coordination Unit office is closed to the public but we are still working together with our partners during the Corona pandemic

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ARAP Hosts the 14th coordination Steering Committee Meeting
ARAP Hosts the 14th coordination Steering Committee Meeting
27/02/2020

ARAP Steering Committee members gathered in Accra for the 14th coordination meeting

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ARAP Holds its Final Annual Retreat in Aburi
ARAP Holds its Final Annual Retreat in Aburi
18/02/2020

The two-day retreat brought together all its stakeholders including the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Judicial Service (JS), Ghana Police Service (GPS), Office of Attorney General (OAG), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Legal Aid Commission (LAC), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and STAR Ghana. In attendance were representatives from the Council for Law Reporting and the European Union Delegation to Ghana (EUD)

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Lines of Work

Compliance: Monitoring and Enforcement

Anti-corruption programmes are proven to work better with a specific focus issue or sector.  ARAP has selected environmental governance, a cross-cutting issue that enables working with the prevention and enforcement elements of accountability and anti-corruption.

Enforcement-related work is carried out between ARAP and CJS institutions.  Prevention-related work is alongside the EPA, supporting a better compliance monitoring e-system for EPA permits.  This has been developed and tested in the small-scale mining sector of selected districts, with the intention of expanding it to the EPA’s entire portfolio.

Lines of action

Information Management System for Compliance Monitoring

Public Education on Compliance

E-permitting

Complaints Management

ARAP works closely with the EPA to improve complaints management and ensure citizens’ complaints and reports are adequately followed up by the appropriate institutions.  Here, a specific line of action focusses on public education to encourage demand and accountability.

Lines of action

Information Management System (IMS) for Complaints Management

Inter-Agency Cooperation for the Management and Resolution of Complaints

Public Education to Enhance Complaints

Training of EPA Prosecutors