Ghana is planning a project to develop and manage its river basins. The
goal is to improve the delivery of water services to consumers. The pilot
project will focus on the Densu River, which serves as one of the main sources
of water to the capital, Accra. The management plan will involve policy makers,
planners and users. Ronald
Abrahams is in charge of the Densu River basin at Ghana's Water Resources
Commission. He told Voice of America English to Africa Service reporter Joana Mantey
about the project and the river basin, which is said to be facing land and
He said, "People dump their waste
within the river channel area, and when it rains [the waste finds its] way into
the water system." Some fishermen are also reported to be using dead animals as
bait for fishing. Abrahams said often this is a result of ignorance: "We need
to intensify our [public] awareness program to change attitudes for the
better." He said the government will also build a water treatment plant at
Weija, outside of Accra.
The police are also checking
illegal quarries that remove the topsoil and destroy the land of the river
basin. "We are working with the (Ga West) District Assembly to find alternate
means of livelihood for the people and we hope this will solve the problem."
Abrahams said the management plan
for the basin will help prevent pollution and land degradation. The plan
creates a buffer zone to protect existing trees. New ones will be planted
within the basin to help it withstand floods. He said they hope to use the buffer zone to remove farmers who use
chemicals, in order to reduce pollution in the basin. The district is working
out a plan to relocate the farmers.
Lawmakers are also consolidating existing fragmented
legislation on Ghana's river basins and increasing public awareness programs.