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The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana, Legon, has held a consultative engagement with relevant stakeholders to outline measures that would address the reduction of the risk to disaster in the country.
The engagement forms part of the agenda to involve key stakeholders and development partners in the planning process in the risk reduction framework.
Speaking on the theme: “The Future of our cities” Ecologist and Environmental change Scientist and Senior Research Fellow at the RIPS, UG, Delali Dovie, explained how the engagement would resolve conflicting issues surrounding the implementation of disaster risk framework.
He said the barriers to intersectoral collaboration, technocratic approaches, use of scientific evidence in decision making, balances in communities and civil and private sector inputs during decision making must be fixed.
He again indicated that the intention of the committee is to scale down the implementation process to the national level as well as outline policies and strategies that would enhance the facilitation of networking among various stakeholders.
Dovie said this development would ensure that the implementation of policy framework to allow prompt response to disaster confronting the nation in diverse ways.
He further stressed on the significance of the engagement that never interfaces with only the SDGs but also address the Paris Climate Agreement, in which, Ghana remains participant.
“The significance of the engagement would not only be the interface but includes both the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement in which the nation is part through the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs),” he said.
He advised the citizens to adopt the attitudinal change approach in addressing the climate change issue, adding that “more education and awareness creation must be the hallmark of all stakeholders.”
Delali Dovie expressed his displeasure on how politicians have failed to implement policies that address issues pertaining to disaster risk reduction and called on them to adopt strategies that would enforce policy implementation to ensure developments in the country.
The Deputy Director of Environmental Policy Division and Coordinator of SGDs Implementation Committee at the NDPC, Felix Addo-Yobo, called on the government to adopt some proactive measures including early warning signs strategy to tackle disaster and to reduce the extent of damage on citizens.
The stakeholders extend their call to all agencies in both the public and private sector to help create awareness and educate the public on measures that can lead to reduction of risk during disaster in the country.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey