Bawumia announces use of space technology to monitor Ghana’s water resources
General news for Thursday, July 14, 2022
The government says it will leverage space technology systems to monitor and protect water resources to maintain its value and quality. This is part of the fight against illegal mining activities that threaten the country’s water bodies.
Addressing the 5th United Nations International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Resources Management in Accra, the Vice President announced that the government will soon adopt the Ghana Space Policy which will further expand the role of the Ghana Institute of Space Science and Technology into a full agency to champion this course.
“Water resources management is an integral part of national development and there is an opportunity to use space technologies to monitor and assess water resources.
It is estimated that three out of ten people do not have access to safely managed drinking water services, as water scarcity affects more than 40% of the world’s population and is expected to increase. Some of the challenges to water security include climate change, population increase, increased water consumption due to domestic use, agriculture and industry. It is in this context that efforts are being made to leverage space technology to effectively monitor and protect water resources.
Vice President Bawumia said the world is changing, and at a pace that requires leaders to move forward simultaneously so as not to be left behind. He noted that while water is plentiful and readily available, recent activities in localities have started to hamper this resource. This requires the use of advanced technologies to protect the resource. He announced that the government will soon adopt the Ghana Space Policy, which will further expand the role of the Ghana Institute of Space Science and Technology as a full-fledged agency in the space industry. It will also leverage it to monitor activity on water bodies following illegal activities such as “galamsey”.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Prof. Elvis Asare-Bediako, said in a remark that the University is awaiting passage of the Ghana Space Scientists Bill through Parliament. . This, he noted, “will accelerate Ghana’s efforts to participate in the use of space technology to monitor activities on water bodies.”
The Director General of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ms. Cynthia Asare-Bediako, presented some of the initiatives aimed at protecting the country’s water bodies.
The 3-day conference will be an opportunity for participants to make recommendations for the Decade of Action on Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028.