ENVIRONMENT SECTOR POLICIES
National Environment Policy
The main objectives to be achieved by this policy are to i) improve effectiveness of Institutional and Legal Framework, ii) promote Sustainable Resource Use and Impact Management, iii) enhance Participation and Coordination in Environmental Governance, iv)Promote Environmental Awareness Creation and Empowerment and v) increase access and use of Environmental Information for decision making
National Climate Change Policy
The three main objective of the policy are (a) effective adaptation (b) social development and (c) mitigation
National Climate change Master Plan
The master plan seeks to operationalize the objective of the national climate change Policy which are (a) effective adaptation (b) social development and (c) mitigation
National Climate Change and Green Economy Learning Strategy
The National Climate and Green Economy Learning Strategy are to : i) Guide in the implementation Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC); ii) Foster systematic and country-driven process to enhance C & GE learning for in the implementation of the national actions; iii) Help mobilize resources for training, education, public awareness, and capacity building from national budget and other internal and external sources; iv) Ensure the creation of a sustainable pool of human resource base to address climate change and catalyze the transition to a green economy.
Ghana Low Carbon Development Strategy
The Objective is to contribute to global climate change mitigation through the development of an economically efficient and comprehensive LCDs for Ghana together with a Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) system and an Action Plan
Ghana Nationally Determined Contributions
The Objective is to reduce Ghana’s Emission by 45% (15% Unconditional and 30% Conditions) relative to a business as usual (BAU) scenario emission of 73.95MtCO2e by 2030.
Ghana Strategic Investment Framework for Sustainable Land Management
The Objective is to support country priorities in improving natural resources base and livelihoods by reducing land degradation in line with the Millennium Development Goals
National action programme to combat drought and desertification
The Objective of the action programme is to emphasize environmentally sound and sustainable integrated local development programmes for drought prone semi-arid and arid areas.
Biodiversity strategy and action plan
The Objective is to achieve the conservation and sustainable management of the country’s biological diversity
National Spatial Development Framework
The framework provides a strategic national vision (desired future) for spatial development in Ghana over a twenty (20) year period as well as guidance for determining hierarchy of human settlements and distribution of facilities and services nation wide.
As a way of strengthening the country’s ability to deal with the plastic waste menace a Plastic Waste Management Programme is being implemented in line with the NEP and NCCP to Reduce, re-use and recycle plastic. In line with this there has been an Introduction of bio-degradable additives in flexible plastics and a partial ban of flexible plastics below 20 microns. The project is recognized for its potential to create jobs while ridding the environment of plastic waste and at the same time providing materials for recycling industries. The implementation is being done with the Private Sector
Collaborative Action For Sustainable Tourism (Coast)
As a way of building climate resilience of communities, the Ministry undertook a project on Collaborative Action for Sustainable Tourism (COAST) to operationalize aspects of the NCCP. The project commenced in November, 2008 and ended on June, 2014. The goal was to support and enhance conservation of globally significant coastal & marine ecosystems, improve biodiversity in sub-Saharan Africa through reduction of negative environmental impacts, which occur as a result of coastal tourism. Nine (9) Sub-Saharan countries namely: Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroun, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Seychelles were involved in the project. Total project cost for the nine countries was USD 5.3m.
Implementation of Chemicals-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAS) In Ghana
Ghana is a signatory to a number of Chemical related Conventions. In pursuit of this, the Ministry has carried out two major activities: 1. The passing of the Chemical Control and Management Law. 2. The establishment of the Chemicals Control and Management Centre (CCMC)- The center has been established at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of all the chemicals-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) as well as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The Centre’s primary objective is to protect human health and the environment from the potential harmful effects of chemicals. This is to ensure the co-existence of the general population with chemical substances through the maximization of their benefits whilst minimizing adverse health and environmental impacts.
Hazardous & E-waste
The Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control Management Act, 2016 (Act 917) has been passed to create a fund for the management of E-Waste and to facilitate the setting up of a recycling plant to deal with the menace of E-Waste.