The United Nations Developmental Program (UNDP) held a Grant Award Ceremony on 30th January, 2019 at the UNDP Conference Room to award grants to Civil Society towards the elimination of Mercury in Gold mining and promotion of sustainable Artisanal and small scale mining in Ghana.
The program saw the awarding of five (5) out of sixty-five (65) organizations and the signing of a memorandum of understanding between stakeholders and these five organizations to ensure that they adhere to the implementation of objectives of the projects proposed.
The five organizations include, Turning Point Advocacy, Moaduri Women Development Projects, Ghana Institute of Sustainable Development, Zintang Healers Association, Firm Health Ghana Foundation
Speaking at the event, The Assistant Country Director of UNDP Mr. Louis Kuukpen congratulated the five organizations that won the grants.
He urged them to take the projects seriously and make sure they do not misappropriate funds. He added that there will be occasional checks to ensure that these projects yield results.
“We congratulate the new guarantees and trust that they will work closely with the Inter-ministerial committee on small scale mining, the minerals commission the environmental protection agency and the relevant district assemblies to ensure synergies and linkages between the national programs and our projects.”
The 18 month long project consisted of programs in support of the initiatives taken to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and release of mercury and mercury compounds.
The major aims of the program are to create awareness on the harmful effects of the wrong use of mercury and promote sustainable small scale mining within selected landscapes; facilitate artisanal and small scale miners training in alternative gold processing technologies that reduce mercury use, emissions and releases; and to support community remediation of polluted and degraded mining lands whiles promoting alternative livelihood enterprises to communities adversely affected by the mining activities.
Story by: Jocelyn Kugblenu & Isaac Dadzie|universnewsroom.com