For Ghana to create a secure, appealing and stable coastal surroundings to boost tourism, there is the need for stakeholders to join forces in combating the free flow of debris from communities to the shorelines and ocean, according to Justice Eshun, Chairman of the Coastal Conservancy Organisation (CCO).
“The situation pertaining to some of the nation’s beaches are daunting and challenging and we [CCO] invite the related ministries to partner, support and collaborate with us in the prevention of plastic pollution whilst promoting a healthy marine environment and clean beaches,” he told Business24 in an interview.
The organization has already stepped up its commitment to promote clean beaches and ensure quality of marine life with its acquisition of a state-of-the-art enhancer litter trap system for the deflection and recovery of floating trash.
The Desmi Enhancer E-B2100 with Ro-fence 600, is a technology that is deployed along the coastlines to prevent plastics and other floating debris from flowing into the sea and will serve as a proactive mechanism in the fight against ocean/marine pollution.
The robust construction is ensured by making the actual floating structure in galvanized steel and the floats in heavy HDPE pipes with welded on flanges and it was donated to the coastal-based NGO by DESMI, its foreign partner.
The technology would be mounted at the estuary of the Korle-Lagoon which is a major hotspot or source of marine pollution in the country as the test case.
“The need to curb the disastrous effect of pollution of beaches is paramount with a number of them turning into dumping grounds for plastics and liquid waste due to activities of coastal dwellers. At CCO, we take impactful decisions, hence our decision to use the Korle-Lagoon,” Mr. Eshun said.
The organization says it is seeking to deepen its works with key partners such as the ministries of Sanitation and Environment, Science and Technology, the Environmental Protection Agency, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, and other environmental-based agencies to access the financial and technical muscle to deploy similar technology along the nation’s coastlines.
“Other hotspots have been identified along the nation’s coastline and we are appealing to corporate Ghana and other donor agencies to support us to acquire more of such game-changing technology as a lasting solution marine and ocean pollution,” he said.
He added: “One step at a time, we can all contribute to improve the quality of marine life, secure maritime shipping business, develop clean beaches to boost tourism and make Ghana better.”
A coastal exploration survey of the country’s coastline from Aflao in the Volta Region to Jomoro in the Western Region conducted by the organization last year showed dire and mind-boggling pollution of along the nation’s shorelines.