On Wednesday, March 13th, 2024, the Government of Ghana, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI), organized a significant one-day workshop at the Yeguaa International Hotel in Bekwai. The workshop's primary objective was to discuss strategies for mobilizing local support for the adoption and implementation of the Ghana National Adaptation Plan (NAP) across selected Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

The workshop drew key stakeholders from various sectors, including government officials, heads of departments from the Bekwai Municipal Assembly, members of the media, and influential opinion leaders within the community.

Honorable Kwaku Kyei Baffour, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Bekwai, and Dr. Francis Owusu-Ansah, the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), were among the prominent figures in attendance. Their presence underscored the local government's commitment to addressing climate change challenges and fostering sustainable development within the municipality.

Throughout the day, participants engaged in fruitful discussions, sharing their perspectives on the adaptation plan and exploring ways to garner widespread support at the grassroots level. Each member present had the opportunity to contribute insights, reflecting a collaborative effort to tackle climate-related issues facing the region.

The workshop provided a platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas, identify potential barriers to implementation, and chart a course of action to ensure the successful execution of the adaptation plan. By harnessing local knowledge and expertise, attendees demonstrated a collective resolve to confront climate change challenges head-on and build resilient communities.

As the discussions concluded, participants departed with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to advancing climate adaptation efforts within their respective spheres of influence. The workshop's outcomes are expected to inform future strategies for enhancing community resilience and mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change in Bekwai and beyond.

Overall, the workshop marked a significant step forward in the government's ongoing efforts to mainstream climate adaptation into local development agenda and foster sustainable practices for the well-being of present and future generations.

- by MIS Unit, BMA

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