Coastal Zone Management in Accra, Ghana

by C. A. Biney, Inst of Aquatic Biology, Achimota, Ghana,
G. Roberts, Inst of Aquatic Biology, Achimota, Ghana,
A. T. Amuzu, Inst of Aquatic Biology, Achimota, Ghana,
R. R. Bannerman, Inst of Aquatic Biology, Achimota, Ghana,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of Western Africa

Abstract: The coastal zone of the capital city of Ghana, Accra, is facing a critical stage in its evolution. In the newt 20 years, the population is expected to more than double from the presently 1.5 million to 4million. Coastal erosion, arising from both natural and human causes, is a major problem with rates exceeding 2 m per year in critical areas. Erosion, sand winning and disease have also contributed to an 80% decline of coconut and other vegetation over the last 40 years.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Coastal management | Erosion | Sand (hydraulic) | Human factors | Assets | Sandy soils | Urban areas | Ghana | Africa

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