On Thursday, September 2, 2021, the Deputy Head of the Netherlands Embassy in Accra, Ms Katja Lasseur organize a conference on the Climate networking event to help come up with recommendations on how best to deal with the negative impacts of climate change in Ghana.
It’s negative impacts, such as droughts and flooding in both rural and urban areas as well as it’s dire effect on fisheries, forestry, tourism and agriculture, are hindrances affecting development, particularly in Africa. Most affected people by climate change in Ghana are those in the Upper West region. Meanwhile, they are the cause of climate change due to some activities such as the burning of charcoal which serves as their source of livelihood.
Speaking at the climate change networking event, Climate change lead and NDC’s Implementation Officer Dr. Daniel Tutu Benefoh noted that, those affected by climate change are the most vulnerable in the farm layer level. He further underscored the need for the implementation of NDC’s 47 measures to combat activities that cause climate change such as livelihood, electronic mobility. The measures also include issues on how to promote transformation and adaptation as well as focus on agriculture and to promote Women and Youth empowerment in the northern sector of the country.
That notwithstanding, a lecturer at the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, Prof Chris Gordon warns, that if stringent measures are not taken, Ghana’s cocoa and other agricultural crops that serve as source of income for the country will be affected.
“In the year 2000, we had something called the Netherlands Climate Adaption Project (NCAP) which came up with the first comprehension Projection by sectors of impact of climate change in Ghana. If care is not taken, our cocoa and other agricultural crops that serve as a source of income for the country will be affected”
The Policy Officer, Water And Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Janet Arthur in an exclusive interview with Adoa news team indicated that, the raining season which occurred two times a year has changed from April, May, and June to July, August and September. The changes have really affected the farmers and land use, crop rotation and seasonal planting and the lack of modern technologies has also affected the agricultural sectors in the country.
“The raining season which occurred two times a year has changed from April, May, and June to July, August and September. The changes have really affected the farmers and land use, crop rotation and seasonal planting and moreover, lack of modern technologies such as satelite system just to monitor the rainfal parterns and also help to plan ahead of time has also affected the agricultural sectors in the country”
A stakeholder from Makingtourch Africa Makafui Awuku who was present at the event spoke exclusively to ADOA TV, she indicated that change in climate has affected every aspect of human life especially those in rubber recycling business.
“Climate change has affected every aspect of human life especially those of us in the rubber recycling business.” All these were revealed on the second climate networking event.