Theodora Adomako-Adjei, Extension Services Coordinator for the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), made this known to Xinhua at a workshop to assess the impact of the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Safeguards under its projects in Ghana.
The workshop is also to enable the country to adopt this strategy to ensure that no individual or environment is adversely affected under the implementation of SDG projects.
“Whereas in the past projects were focused on the facilities and forgot about other project-related issues, this can affect the project itself and even the people for whom the project is intended,” noted Adomako-Adjei.
“For every World Bank project, they have their environmental and safeguard policies, and they don’t want any situation where a project is undertaken and…then at the end of the day, it worsens the situation of the condition of the people,” Adomako-Adjei explained.
The World Bank supported the sustainable rural water and sanitation project in six regions of Ghana where it also ensured that the environmental and social safeguards were implemented.
It has been identified that in many rural communities, projects which were imposed on the communities and had negative impacts on sections of the people or the environment were usually rejected by the targeted beneficiaries.
For that reason, the World Bank adopted measures in all of its supported projects to do an assessment to identify all the environmental and social risks the projects would bring.
“Then a plan is put in place to address all the project affected persons. Either in terms of giving them compensation or trying to put in places a measure that will not make them worse off because of the project.
Although the sustainable rural water and sanitation project was implemented in the six regions, representatives were brought from all 10 regions of Ghana to assess the impact and benefits for adoption in future projects.
The project consultant, Seth Lamin, urged that, in all SDG projects and other projects being implemented by the state, an early screening must be done to identify the possible risks to the environment and the communities.
“And in doing so, we have to involve all the key stakeholders from the national level; the regional; the district and the community level so that we can monitor to put in place the measures either to minimize or mitigate the anticipated risks,” Lamin urged. Enditem.