The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coastal Development Authority (CODA), Lawyer Jerry Shaib has hinted that the clean beach campaign being introduced by his outfit will reduce the number of plastic waste materials deposited on beaches from municipal waste discharge systems.
The CEO made these known while outlining the specific objectives of the CODA Clean Beach campaign in Accra.
Addressing Journalists on Wednesday, Lawyer Shaib said “The Clean Beach campaign will provide infrastructure for reducing the number of plastic waste materials deposited on beaches from municipal waste discharge system”
He charged all Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) within the zone are being engaged to support the campaign.
The CEO further mentioned that the program will also have a strong private sector and development partner support in its implementation.
“The program seeks to mobilize coastal communities to be involved in environmental cleanliness; and provide basic infrastructure and facilities to maintain clean beaches with linkages for value addition in partnership with Coastal Conservancy Organisation (CCO)- a local NGO and the Center for Coastal Management, UCC.”
Lawyer Shaib revealed that currently, a pilot plastic litter trapping has been installed on Korle Lagoon to trap and contain floating plastic being carried into the sea.
He again explained that the campaign will support beach communities to improve environmental and ecological conditions.
Touching on the challenges confronting the Authority, he said “Prevalence of the covid-19 pandemic and its impact on planned activities and programs. Non-availability of land and litigation in areas earmarked for projects. Partnership and collaboration is critical for the development of the zone”
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith