WaterAid Ghana in collaboration with Bawku West and Bongo District Assemblies and Wa Municipal Assembly and in partnership with local Civil Society Organisations – ProNet North, WASH for Development (WASADEV), and Water Vision Technology (WVT) are committed to promoting community-based water security as a key approach to climate change adaptation in drought and flood prone areas in rural communities.
Consequently, WaterAid Ghana has secured funding from People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL) to implement water resources management project under its Securing Water Resources Approach (SWRA) initiative to reduce risks and improve water security resilience of rural communities.
The goal of the project is to promote community-based water security as a key approach to climate change adaptation in drought prone areas
To launch the project, WaterAid Ghana carried out engagements with the project stakeholders in the various districts. Stakeholder at the meetings included management of the various district Assemblies, Water Resources Commission, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Ghana Water Company Ltd, District Assembly Members, and traditional chiefs.
Speaking at the launch, the Ag. Head of Programmes for WaterAid Ghana, Sampson Tettey, called on stakeholders in the water sector to take coordinated and collective action to support communities to harness their water resources to enhance their livelihoods and to ensure the security of their water sources to guarantee safe water for all.
He reiterated the fact that climate change is happening and happening now; around the world, the people on the front lines of climate change—who are impacted the hardest—are the ones who have done the least to cause it.
There is therefore the need for urgent, and systemic action in the water sector to enable communities adapt to the diverse impacts of climate change.
In Bongo, the paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area called on the Bongo District Assembly to review it bye-laws to include environmental offenses such as cutting of trees, bush burning and farming close to water bodies and rivers.