This, according to the countries, would enable them live up to treaties on protection and management of the environment.
This came to light when the Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, paid a courtesy call on the Administrator of US Environmental Protection Agency to discuss bilateral cooperation on environment, climate change, air quality monitoring, Ms Gina McCarthy, last week.
The minister said parliament had passed a law to streamline the activities on the waste collection and management industry to ensure sound waste management and recycling systems to save the country’s forests and future generation.
He said the Act will provide for the control, management and disposal of hazardous waste, including electrical and electronic.
“The passage of the Act is also in fulfilment of Ghana’s obligations under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste, the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade as well as the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants,” he added.
The minister also mentioned that “the new Act prohibits the importation, exportation, transportation, selling, purchasing or dealing in or depositing of hazardous waste or other waste on any land in the country or in the territorial waters of Ghana”.
Mr Ayariga said environmental sustainability had become the centre stage of global development agenda discussion and policy dialogue hence the pledge by the international community to help reduce carbon emissions due to the challenges of climate change.
On her part, Mrs McCarthy commended Ghana for being signatories to international treaties on environmental protection, saying her outfit would work with the Ministry to address to address environmental issues.
She said environmental pollution respects no boundaries and her country would, therefore, be willing to share innovations that can help Ghana and also work to equally monitor the situation in both countries.
By Kenneth O. ADADE, Accra
A Freelance Journalist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Editor-in-Chief of www.233times.com. A contributory writer for Ghanaian Chronicle Newspaper. An alumnus of Adisadel College where he read General Arts. He holds first degree in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ghana; Political Science (major) and History (minor). He has also pursued MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Energy with Public Relations (PR) at the Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom. His mentors are Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Sam Jonah, Kwaku Sakyi Addo and Piers Morganview all posts by: Nana Kwesi Coomson
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