UNDP supports initiative to protect water bodies in Northern Ghana

May 25, 2016

Hon. Mahama Ayariga delivering his speech during the launch (Photo credit: Matilda Dennis Quaicoe)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has launched an initiative to protect water bodies and improve livelihoods in the three northern regions of Ghana.

Dubbed, the “Adaptation Fund” project, the initiative seeks to increase resilience to climate change through the management of water resources and diversification of livelihoods. It is being implemented through MESTI from April 2016 to April 2020, with a funding of more than US$ 8 million from the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat.

Launching the project in Tamale, the sector Minister Hon. Mahama Ayariga said the project is expected to directly benefit about 60,000 people and additional 8 million people who live in the Volta River basin. “It will also increase access to water and diversification of livelihood activities and income generation by 30% households in the communities.”

On her part, the UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Christine Evans-Klock said international commitments to fighting climate change are linked directly to achieving the new sustainable development goals, which is one unified global commitment to social, economic and environmental development. “This initiative will contribute to Ghana’s achievement of, not only the SDG 13 on climate change, but also the attainment of the goals on poverty, hunger and access to clean water and improved sanitation”.

The Adaptation Fund project is expected to benefit at least ten districts including Savelugu, Bole and Zabzagu in the Northern Region; Bawku Central, Bongo, Builsa North and Bawku West in the Upper East Region; and Nandom, Nadowli and Sisala East in the Upper West Region.

It will target the principal causes of vulnerability identified in these regions and offer support to improve water resources management planning through grassroot participation. It will also support the diversification of livelihoods within local communities as safety nets to climate change impacts.

Present at the launch were representatives of the Ministry, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority , UNDP,  the National Disaster Management Organization, Food and Agricultural Organization, World Food Programme and other traditional leaders.

The Adaptation Fund project will be fully owned by the Government of Ghana with technical assistance from UNDP.

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