The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has launched a Resilience Strategy Book to help prepare the city of Accra and its environs to withstand shocks and disasters.
Accra, a member of the 100 resilient cities in the world, has demonstrated its longstanding commitment to implementing solutions, hence the launch of the Book in readiness for any earthquake and climate change impacts.
The Resilience Book captured physical, social and economic challenges that were a growing part of the 21st Century, such as high unemployment, poor waste management practices, inefficient public transportation system and endemic violence and flooding, which weakened the city on day to day basis.
Other resilience efforts captured in the Book are the unique focus on environment, health, culture, disease outbreaks and migration, which had become a threat to the city’s overall resilience due to irregular settlement patterns and their effects.
Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency during the launch on Thursday, said: “We need to pursue new stringent measures across all sectors and geographic boundaries.”
He said waste management could no longer be considered separate from the fight against flooding, adding that issues affecting Accra were visible and the AMA was well positioned to provide leadership in a resilient manner.
He expressed gratitude to the Rockefeller Foundation for helping cities in the world to become more resilient to challenges and stakeholders who helped in the development of the Resilience Strategy Book, while imploring everyone to support in the implementation of the strategies.
Mrs Liz Agbor-Tabi, of the Global Resilience Practice of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, said building resilience in Accra and other rapidly urbanising cities in the world required hard work to mitigate climate change and become responsive to disasters.
“We believe that with this strategy, the city is well poised to confronting some of its most intractable resilience challenges.”