PRESIDENT LAUNCHES NATIONAL PLAN FOR FIGHTBACK AGAINST PLASTIC WASTE Featured

By NANA YAW DWAMENA October 02, 2019 480 0

With plastic pollution becoming one of the most pressing challenges facing countries around the world, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the Ghana National Plastic Action Partnership (GNPAP) yesterday at the Labadi Beach Hotel.

 

The Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) seeks to stop the growth of plastic pollution worldwide and also to ensure that plastics do not, among other things, find their way into a country’s marine bodies.

To this end, the President has called for an active partnership and co-operation between all nations to confront the problem.

“When I took office in 2017, I requested the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, headed by its Minister, the globally acclaimed Ghanaian scientist Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, to develop an effective strategy to meet the challenges associated with management of plastic waste in Ghana,” he said.

According to the President, the development of the strategy led to the National Plastics Management Policy of Ghana, “whose blueprint has attracted the attention of the global community, and has led us to this exciting partnership with the World Economic Forum”.

Target: “zero leakage”

He explained further that Ghana’s Plastic Management Policy is not only focused on how to address plastic waste, but also takes a holistic view of the entire value chain of plastics and seeks to achieve several objectives.

Among these are to develop a working circular economy framework for plastics in Ghana, to reduce Ghana’s reliance on use of plastics, to promote the replacement of plastics with green alternatives, to nurture the development of new business models for job creation throughout the value chain and to ensure that Ghana has long-term and sustainable ways of funding plastic waste management.

President Akufo-Addo was confident that through Ghana’s partnership with the GPAP, it will fast-track “towards that collective goal, which is to achieve zero leakage of plastic waste into our oceans and waterways”.

The President pledged the full commitment of the Government of Ghana towards successful implementation of the programme, which will be outlined under Ghana’s National Plastic Action Partnership.

“While the eventual outcome of NPAP will be owned by the people of Ghana,” said the President, “it is my expectation that its example will contribute to the resolution of this problem on the African continent, and be a shining example of the global achievements of GPAP.”

Role for the public sector

In his address, President Akufo-Addo also applauded initiatives being taken by private-sector operators to build plastic waste recycling plants, to create biofuels that are being used as alternatives to fossil fuels, which pollute the environment, and to produce blocks for building roads and pavements.

He also acknowledged efforts being made by civil society and the media to raise awareness of efficient waste management and existing opportunities for waste recovery in Ghana.

“The government is ready to partner with all stakeholders, especially the private sector and academia, to drive investment and research into this area. I believe that there is the need for significant behavioural change, and I am happy with the prominence that has been given to it in the implementation plan of the draft National Plastics Management Policy,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo thanked the Ghana Office of the United Nations Development Programme for facilitating the establishment of the “Waste Recovery Platform” for Ghana, and also the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada for their commitment and financial support for the GPAP initiative.

He stressed that Ghana, after this process, will make the very best effort to become a model for other countries in the West African subregion and on the continent in matters relating to plastic management.


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