Community Statement on Air Quality in Ghana: Time to Take Action

Introduction

Socio-economic development in any country cannot be separated from the wellbeing of the environment and integrity of human health. No wonder there are many global initiatives, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to ensure both human welfare and long-term sustainability of Planet Earth. A wide range of human and natural factors contribute to reduction in air quality, and this problem is even more serious in developing countries.

Contextualising Ghana’s Air Quality Issues

Air pollution in Ghana is driven by rapid urbanisation and population growth in cities such as Accra, Kumasi, and Takoradi. Specifically, vehicular emissions, biomass burning, electronic waste, and construction are major contributors. Research indicates that particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5), nitrous oxides, and sulphur dioxide are some of the key air pollutants of public health concern. Generally, people in low-income areas are disproportionately affected by poor air quality. However, because these pollutants can travel long distances everyone can be at risk of suffering from bad air.

Moving Forward Towards Cleaner Air

Tackling air pollution in Ghana requires concerted effort from all stakeholders, which includes the Central Government, municipal and metropolitan authorities, EPA, academia, civil society, industry, communities, and citizens.

Participants of the Workshop and Signatories of this Message

(In alphabetical order by last name)

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