Combating Coastal Pollution in Ghana

by Charles Augustus Biney, Inst of Aquatic Biology, Achimota, Ghana, Inst of Aquatic Biology, Achimota, Ghana,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Studies conducted along the Gulf of Guinea in Ghana have shown that the coastal environment in some places is polluted. Efforts made to combat this problem have so far not been effective and recent data indicate an increase in pollution of the coastal zone. To reverse this trend, a multidisciplinary approach has been suggested. This is based on the use of a national focal point as a coordinating agency, formulation and enforcement of legislation, provision of effluent treatment and refuse disposal facilities and dispersal of industries linked to a reversal of the rural to urban migration trend. The need for monitoring and general surveillance of the environment as well as for public education is also stressed.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Pollution | Water pollution | Legislation | Environmental engineering | Engineering education | Effluents | Coastal engineering | Africa | Ghana | Guinea

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