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Mr Frank Ohene Annor, who is also a researcher at the TU-DELFT in The Netherlands, made the call on Friday in Accra.

He said Government being proactive towards the integration and implementation of plans that would help deal with flood and spillage problems in the country would go a long way to prevent previous disasters that had befallen the country over the years.

Mr Annor who was addressing participants at a validation workshop on needs of assessment report on Integrated Flood Management (IMF) in the Volta Basin in Ghana organised by the Country Water Partnership Ghana (CWP-Ghana), said floods are increasingly happening in the country and there is the need for critical attention to be accorded the subject towards development.

“That is why the Flood and Drought Management Tools Project, which started in 2014 and expected to end in 2018 with support by the Global Environment Facility has been implemented.

“So with these findings from the Volta Basin in Ghana to assess needs related to IFM of the Volta Basin in Ghana is timely,” he said.

Mr Annor therefore mentioned baseline survey, promotion of technology development and transfer, promotion of gender in IFM, review of policies and institutional mandates related flood management in Ghana and promotion of data collection and sharing mechanisms among key institutions as some of the roadmaps for the implementation of IFM in Ghana.

Mr Maxwell Boateng-Gyimah, the Executive Secretary of the CWP-Ghana and Project Manager for Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP), said in response to the climate change commitments, African Ministers Council on Water in collaboration with the Global Water Partnership developed the WACDEP for Africa.

He said WACDEP, which seeks to improve resilience to the increasing threat of climate change and variability to water resources is being implemented in Ghana by Country Water partnership.

According to the Executive Secretary of CWP-Ghana, as part of project implementation, a needs assessment study on IMF in the Volta Basin was carried out with the active support of the relevant institutions.

He said following that it was necessary for a validation workshop that would help authenticate findings of the study to guide the capacity development of key institutions in applying the concepts of IFM to prepare projects that would affect funding for implementation.

“More specifically, the workshop aims to inform stakeholders of the concept of integrated flood management, make inputs to the integrated floods management needs assessment report and validate the needs assessment report,” he said.

Mr Boateng-Gyimah noted that it was expected of the workshop to inform stakeholders of IFM concepts as well as validate needed assessment report for the Volta Basin in Ghana.

Mr Bright Tsriku, the Principal Disaster Control Officer of the National Disaster Management Organisation, said going forward there would be draft and demonstration projects to be carried in dealing with flood and spillage problems in the country.

He said identification of hotspots in various regions especially flood prone areas would help make the IFM a success in Ghana.

“Through short codes and ideological projects to be integrated in to the IFM will help citizens to receive early alerts on forecast and how to programme their schedules,” he said.

Participants comprise representatives of government institutions drawn from ministries, departments and agencies, civil society and other stakeholders who are involved directly or indirectly in water resources management and related fields.

Certificates were presented to some participants who had been trained for one and half year in the sector with eight countries being a part of the training.

Source: GNA/News Ghana


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