Posted by: rumnet | February 13, 2012

EPA Approves 46 Proposals for Implementation of GEMP Projects

EPA Approves 46 Proposals for Implementation of GEMP Projects

(published in the February edition of the advocate)

By Alhassan Imoru

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved 46 proposals for funding to Community Based Organisation’s (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), to implement small projects under the $ 7.2 million Ghana Environmental Management Project (GEMP).

 Of this figure, Northern Region had 17 proposals approved, Upper West Region 16, and Upper East Region 13.

 Meanwhile, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has released GH¢ 608,000 for distribution to the Beneficiary organisation, Mr. Abu Iddrisu, Northern Regional Director of the EPA, disclosed in Tamale recently.

 He said the Northern Region was allocated GH¢214,000, Upper East Region GH¢ 119,000, and Upper West Region GH¢195,000 for beneficiaries.

 According to him, the award winners will first have to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with EPA before the funds are released to them in tranches of 40% and 20% in that order during implementation

 Addressing the 4th Quarter Northern Regional Environmental Management Committee (REMC) Meeting at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), Mr Abu said 104 sub proposals were reviewed and 72 reviewed in the Northern Region alone.

 He said most of the proposals were rejected by the National Action Programme (NAP) Steering Committee either because the budgets were too high or that the activities to be implemented was all about awareness creation, the impact of which cannot be verified.

 The GEMP is a five-year project funded by the Canadian Government, to support the Government of Ghana (GoG) to address land degradation issues and reverse the trend of desertification and reduce poverty in Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

 The purpose of the project, which ends in May 2012, is to increase the capacity of Ghanaian institutions and rural communities to plan and manage initiatives that would be addressing desertification problems in Northern Ghana.

 On activities carried out in the Northern Region on GEMP in 2011, the EPA Regional Director mentioned the formulation of Fire Management Plans by 18 communities in six districts, massive education on bushfires in 100 pilot communities through drama, the revival and training of 60 Fire Volunteer Squads in 20 communities, and the completion of ten Strategic Nurseries, among others.

 Mr. Abu said activities scheduled for 2012 include promoting continuous and detailed education with emphasis on drought and desertification, providing technical and policy advice on implementation of livelihoods options in 60 communities, and organizing activities for established School Environmental Clubs on GEMP.

 He mentioned challenges facing the implementation of GEMP to include the vast and challenging terrain of the region, uncontrolled grazing activities of alien herdsmen and their cattle, the unreliable rainfall pattern, the attitudes of some communities towards tree planting activities and bushfires.

 On lessons learnt, the EPA Regional Director said community attitudes towards the environment was changing for the better but slowly, while women were getting a stronger voice and representation at the community level.

 He recommended that all District Assemblies in the region be mandated or directed to financially support at least one District Environmental Management Committee (DEMC) meeting every quarter. Also, reports on the functioning/ meetings of DEMCs be forwarded to the RCC and copied the EPA every quarter.

 Mr. Abu further recommended that the District Assemblies and allied institutions be officially ordered to buy tree seedlings from GEMP nurseries and supply to interested communities and schools for planting.

 He called on the chiefs and people of the three regions of the North and other stakeholders to collectively support the implementation of GEMP in order to improve soil fertility, increase agricultural  productivity and reduce poverty in Northern Ghana. 

Members of the Regional Environmental Management committee took turns to explain how their organizations/ institutions were positioned to support the implementation of GEMP in the Northern Region.

 Some of the projects to be implemented by the CBOs and NGOs include a forestation and anti-bushfire campaigns, establishment of economic trees such as mango and cashew, promoting sustainable and efficient fuel wood production, and reclamation of sacred groves.



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  2. This is a very good effort by the EPA, we need leaders like Mr Abu who have f the foresight and zeal to change things for the better. i have personally interacted with this gentlemen and he is full off ideas.If allowed to work without any interference in the next 10 years the environment in Northern region will be fantastic. More grease to Mr Abu, May GOD ALMIGHTY grant You more wisdom ,energy and innovative skills to do the work you are doing in the North

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