Professor Benjamin Kofi Nyarko, Country Director of One Ocean Hub (OOH), Project Ghana, has called on policy makers to ensure that the voices of the marginalized were incorporated in polices that govern the Ocean.
“This is because, those who make such polices, do not feel the pinch on the ground, so the voices of the marginalized should be taken into consideration to address their challenges.
Prof. Nyarko made the call while addressing participants at a-day’s awareness creation forum at Winneba on Human Rights issues, organized by OOH for selected Women in Small Scale Fisheries drawn from Apam and Effutu with sponsorship from the United Kingdom (UK) Government.
It was to build the capacity of fish processors and mongers in the two communities to network and join forces to voice out their problems to make it stronger for the government and other institutions who make polices to address them.
The One Ocean Hub, is a Global Organization, led by the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) with 18 partner organizations, aimed at seeking the transformation of the urgent challenges facing the Ocean, influence decisions and practices that shape the future of the ocean promote sustainability and justice.
Their research seeks to bridge current disconnections in law, science, policy and integrate communities particularly women and children, most of whom relied on the oceans for their livelihoods, to help inform decisions based on multiple values and knowledge systems.
Prof. Nyarko stated that the ocean was under various forms of pressure in respect of climate change and pollution, but trying to understand some of the problems that brought pressure into the ocean were disjointed.
With regard, the One Ocean brought together researchers to help them have Tran’s Disciplinary research among others, to understand the ocean holistically and to have evidence based research to be imputed for policy purposes, he stated.
“Our 126 researchers are specifically addressing challenges and opportunities in South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Fiji and Solomon Islands, through collaborative and Tran’s disciplinary research”.
He urged the participants, to make good use of the knowledge and skills acquired to help protect the ocean by coming out with fruitful suggestions and ideas for policy makers to ensure that their well-being were included in polices they made.
Mr. Nettesheim Kwame Damoah, Zonal director of Fisheries Commission explained that the low involvement of local communities in fisheries management planning and decision making, open access to fisheries resources and low level of awareness and education on the implications of using unauthorized methods and unapproved gears in fishing, demanded for co-management of the ocean.
He stated that, Fisheries Commission and Ministry of Fisheries were working to put an end to illegal fishing in the country, but it was unfortunate that the same people who were calling on the government to stop illegal fishing were the ones engaged in the practice and urged them to out an end to it.
Dr. Bolanle-Erinosho and Dr. Harrison Kwame Golo in charge of Legal and Human Right issues of One Ocean project, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the plights of women must be addressed by policies to improve their well-being
Mrs. Adiza Ama Owusu, Chief Executive Officer of Hen Mpoano (Our Coast), noted that inclusive and integrated management of Ghana’s coastal and marine ecosystems must be done through knowledge transfer, research training, networking and advocacy.
Other facilitators, schooled the participants on their activities and the need for them to contribute immensely towards the sustainability of the fishing Industry and protection of the ocean