WRI meets over gov’t ” one village One Dam” Project WRI meets over gov’t ” one village One Dam” Project
 The Water Research Institute of the Center for Scientific Research Institute,(CSIR),  will on Monday March 13,2017 meet to explore  roles the institute can play... WRI meets over gov’t ” one village One Dam” Project
 The Water Research Institute of the Center for Scientific Research Institute,(CSIR),  will on Monday March 13,2017 meet to explore  roles the institute can play in meeting government vision on ” One Village One Dam ” Project .

The ruling government has promised to construct dams per every farming community in the Northern part of Ghana to provide impetus to irrigation farming  for  food security and poverty reduction.

The Water Research Institute (WRI) is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with mandate to conduct research into water and related resources. WRI generates and provides scientific information, strategies and services toward the rational development, utilization and management of the water resources of Ghana in support of the socio–economic advancement of the country, especially in the agriculture, health, industry, energy, transportation, education and tourism sectors.

This means ,the Institute has a crucial role to play in the implementation of the Project hence the scheduled meeting to deliberate on best practices in implementation  of the Project to ensure it does not adversely affect the environment in any way.

Other issues expected to be tabled for discussion by Senior Researchers of the Institute are “Development of Criteria to select mini hydro technology and to conduct Pre -feasibility studies for a selected site in Ghana,Water Infrastructure Solution from ecosystem services and its underpinning climate Resilience Policy .Also for presentation and deliberation are topics such as ” Improving irrigation efficiency through the use of ICT tools, Improving Livelihoods through water conservation for Agriculture and Water Allocation Modelling in the Volta Basin”

Meanwhile,the passage of the Dam Safety Regulations, 2016 (L.I. 2236) by Parliament of Ghana  has mandated  Water Resources Commission (WRC) ,another body in the water sector  to Regulate all dams (artificial barrier created/ constructed to impound water) and like structures with a safety risk and all activities related to them. Therefore, the construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of dams and all activities necessarily required to ensure their safe operation are subject   to licensing by the Commission.
source: www.enaghana.com

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