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The
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
has acquired more than 100 acres of land
at Danfa, off the Dodowa road in the
Greater Accra region to be developed into
a miniature botanical garden and also as a
research facility.
“The land will be developed into a natural
inspired state-of-the art facility that will
take care of environmental technologies
like rain harvesting, biogas and turning
waste into energy”, Mrs Angelina Ama
Tutuah Mensah, Chief Programme Officer
in charge of Public Relations at the EPA
disclosed to the Ghana News Agency on
Friday.
She explained that at the ground, which
would be used for educational purposes,
energy saving bulbs would be used while
exotic and endemic plants would be
planted to offset greenhouse gases. On
the sides of the 40th anniversary forum of
the EPA held in Accra, Mrs Mensah told the
GNA that the EPA had also planted 4,000
trees in Accra alone and had given
another 1,000 seedlings to the Ghana
Education Service to be planted in schools
as a means of protecting the environment.
The forum, which discussed the “state of
waste management in Ghana, water
resources management, energy resources
management and food safety and
chemical use” was attended by various
stakeholders as well as representatives of
Metropolitan, Municipal and District
Assemblies (MMDAS).
Mrs Mensah said similar regional fora
would be organised by the EPA all over the
country to engage citizens on
environmental management. She said as
part of the anniversary, EPA was calling for
papers from academia, researchers and
other individuals to inform policy as to the
way forward to managing the
environment.
She in October, the anniversary would be
climaxed with an awards night which
would be attended by the Head of the
United Nations Environment Programme
and Representatives of the West Africa
Environmental Protection Agencies.
Meanwhile, the EPA in partnership with
Ghana Television is bringing back on GTV,
the Captain Planet cartoon series this July,
to whip up the interest of both young and
old into forming a habit of protecting the
environment. Mr John Pwamang, Deputy
Executive Director in charge of Field
Operation, EPA said there was the need to
develop and implement special
programmes targeting young people in
educational institution to learn to
segregate waste..
There should also be a collection and
recycling of metal cans awareness
campaigns while Assemblies should use
the EPA manual to develop and implement
District Waste Management Plans as well
as healthcare facilities using the EPA
guidelines to develop strategies for
managing healthcare wastes.
“We should also re-introduce the monthly
communal cleanup campaigns to inculcate
the spirit of cleanliness. The cost of
collecting, processing and disposing of
waste is very huge but if addressed
through the correct combination of
policies, waste management can deliver
economic, social and environmental
benefits”, Mr Pwamang said.
 
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