Join us at the Ghana Netherlands WASH Program’s (GNWP) World Water Day special edition of NLLAP on the theme “Wastewater Treatment & Re-use in Ghana: Prospects for Sustainable Development”
Coconut Grove Hotel, Accra | March 23, 2017 | 9.00am-12.30pm
The Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme (GNWP) intends to engage the WASH sector stakeholders and the private sector to share lessons on collaborative wastewater Public Private Partnership initiatives and discuss the best solutions in upscaling wastewater treatment and reuse across the country as part of activities commemorating the 2017 World Water Day (WWD).
The World Water Day (WWD), celebrated globally on the 22nd day of March each year, is set aside by the United Nations (UN) to reflect on the importance of fresh water and advocate for sustainable management of fresh water resources. This year’s theme, “Water and Wastewater” provides an important opportunity to highlight the relationship between water and wastewater in the quest for sustainable development. The need for wastewater treatment has become imperative in recent times due to the fast depletion levels in water resources across the world. To limit this tide, wastewater treatment process is being promoted as one of the most important environmental conservation processes that should be adopted worldwide. The situation in Ghana is not different as more and more water bodies are being polluted and depleted as a result of human activities such as illegal mining and indiscriminate dumping of both domestic and industrial waste into water bodies. With the increasing population of Ghana, coupled with increased demand for freshwater for domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes, experts in the WASH sector have advocated that wastewater treatment and reuse should be adopted as a panacea. The water situation according WASH sector watchers are likely to exacerbate due to the erratic rainfall patterns being recorded recently, attributed to climate change dynamics.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (further the Embassy) and the Government of Ghana have embarked on a multi-annual programme in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH). The Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme (GNWP) focuses on integrated urban water and sanitation and is based on a Dutch contribution of € 82 million up to 2020. Under the Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme (GNWP) five projects have been awarded grants in the fields of water, sanitation, hygiene, waste and/or integrated water resource management. In addition, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO implements three PPP programmes, Ghana Wash Window (GWW, also a component of GNWP), Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) and the Food Security Programme (FDOV). Those programmes consist of a total of 15 projects. The programme has over the years supported highly innovative Public Private Partnership Initiatives on wastewater treatment and reuse in Ghana and the progress and lessons learnt would be shared with stakeholders to mark this year’s WWD.
The specific objectives of this special World Water Day edition of NLLAP include;
1) Share the Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme progress and lessons on wastewater treatment and reuse among WASH sector stakeholders;
2) Provide WASH actors the opportunity to learn more about how wastewater is treated and reused as a valuable resource in the agricultural, industrial and other sectors of the economy;
3) Draw the attention of policy-makers and authorities in the fields of WASH, agriculture, aquaculture, health, environment and urban planning, as well as donors and the private sector to: Safeguard and strengthen livelihoods and food security, mitigate health and environmental risks and conserve water resources by confronting the realities of wastewater use in agriculture through the adoption of appropriate policies and the commitment of financial resources for policy implementation;
4) Afford stakeholders the opportunity to examine both the positive and negative impacts of wastewater treatment and reuse, especially for agriculture.
This special WWD edition of NLLAP will be in 3main parts:
|9:15am-9:30am||Prayer/ Welcome/Introduction/Acceptance by Chair||Facilitator/Chair|
|9:30am-9:50am||Opening statement and Overview of GNWP||Fred Smiet and Janet Arthur|
|9:50 am – 10:20 am||Presentation on Wastewater Treatment & Re-use||Richard Sedafor -Wittiveen+Bos|
|10:40am – 11:20am
|Experience sharing from project partners:
2) Safi Sana
3) Special Treat
4) Bola Bondeh
|11:20am – 11:40am||Tea/Coffee Break||All|
|11:40am-12:10pm||Moderated Discussions: Building synergies for the promotion of waste water treatment and re-use for collective achievement of SDGs||Facilitator/All|
|12:10pm-12:40pm||Wrap-up and summary of emerging issues & next steps||Fred Smiet|
|12:40pm-12:50pm||Closing Remarks from Chair Person||Chairman|
|12:50pm-1:30pm||Closing Prayer/Lunch /Departure||Facilitator and All|