The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday launched its 40th Anniversary celebration to chart the way forward towards speedy social and economic development.
The launch, which was under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation was on the theme: 40 years of Environmental Protection in Ghana.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Daniel Amlalo, the Executive Director of the EPA, said the 40th anniversary celebration provided an opportunity for the Agency to share its initiatives aimed at mitigating challenges facing it.
He said a number of activities had been earmarked for the year, some of which are anniversary lecture and public education at all levels.
There would also be awards ceremony to recognize the contribution of individuals and institutions as well as commissioning of key interventions for sound environmental management.
Mr. Amlalo said the Agency would collaborate with public and private sector institutions to implement projects that would add value to waste governance.
According to him, the Agency would stay focused to raise public awareness on the importance of protecting and enhancing the environment and empower the people at all
levels to take practical action to protect the environment.
Mr. Emmanuel Siisi Wilson, Board Chairman of the EPA, said the country was ranked high on environmental pollution in Africa due to illegal gold mining but added that fortunately the nation now had available and adequate information to deal with the issues.
Mr. Fifi Kwetey, a Minister of State responsible for Financial and Allied Institutions, expressed concern that environmental degradation accounted for about 10 per cent of the nations Gross Domestic Product.
He said the government would continue to provide financial and logistical assistance to the EPA to work efficiently for safe and sound environment for posterity.
The EPA was established on December 30, 1994 (Act 490) charged with the responsibility of regulating the environment and ensuring the implementation of government policies on environment.
Forty years down the lane Ghana continues to face serious environmental challenges such as illegal mining, logging, pollution, desertification, deforestation and proliferation and mismanagement of chemicals as well indiscriminate dumping of foreign rejected goods into the country.