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Title: EA follow-up in the Ghanaian mining sector: Challenges and opportunities

Environmental assessment (EA) follow-up provides a means for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of environmental impact studies. It is integral to the success or failure of a project or program. In spite of its importance, very little attention is given to the need for follow-up programs in most jurisdictions in Africa. Using a case study in the Ghanaian mining sector, this paper explores the challenges and opportunities within the country's EA process for an effective follow-up program. The paper is based on informal interviews, content analysis of relevant publications, official EA documents, and internet searches. The authors suggest a standard EA follow-up program to be formalized as an integral part of Ghana's environmental assessment policy. They also propose a follow-up process that harnesses existing opportunities within the country's EA system. This approach can be replicated in other African countries.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Geography Department, University of Alabama, 230 Farrah Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States)
  2. Geography Department, University of Alabama, 330 Farrah Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22246884
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Impact Assessment Review; Journal Volume: 41; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; FAILURES; GHANA; IMPLEMENTATION; LEGAL ASPECTS; MINING