NORSAAC in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been training communities on climate change.
The project is dubbed Inclusive-Governance in Sustaining Marginalize Livelihoods under IBIS Ghana Democratic Consolidated and Accountable Governance, and implemented by NORSAAC.
The project is being implemented in six (6) communities from four (4) districts of the Northern Region including Savelugu, Central Gonja, Sagnarigu and Kumbungu districts.
At a two day climate change activity in Gamprisiya in the Kumbungu District, the Climate Change group identifies environmental problems that are linked to their livelihoods and together with traditional authorities enacted by-laws to protect the environment from the dangers of Climate Change.
The project with collaboration the EPA is to support climate change groups to institute environmental by-laws with support from the district assemblies.
According to the Project Officer under gender and governance of NORSAAC, Miss Yeri Nancy, the Climate Change groups were been instituted and trained by NORSAAC to make a positive change in the environment.
So far NORSAAC has been able to mobilize 22 climate change groups comprising 10 youth groups and 12 women groups in the six (6) communities.
Miss Nanncy who was speaking in an interview said these groups have been empowered to identify climate change related threats to local livelihoods, advocate for pro-poor climate change policies and public programmes.
Bush burning, charcoal burning, cutting down of trees and other human activities are all identify as serious threats to the environment.
Mr. Jimah Lowry, Senior Program Officer of the EPA in the Northern Region stressed that, the issues of climate change is still a major challenge in the rural areas.
He said, the training has really help a lot people to know the dangers of climate change and how to prevent the environment.
Mr. Lowry noted that, the partnership with NORSAAC on the climate change issues has been very successful.
He said, based on the impact of NORSAAC the community members themselves have enacted by-laws to save guide the environment adding that, the EPA together with the community and the district assemblies will enforce this community climate change by-laws.
One of the community members, Madam Amina Alhassan said, the training has really help them to know a lot about climate change, saying that, the community were ignorant about the threat of climate change on their livelihoods.
She said, the indiscrimination cutting downs of trees for charcoal and other human activities that destroys the environment will be curtail in the community.
Madam Amina said the by-laws enacted will ensure that the environment will be protected so that their livelihoods will be improved.
By: Hamza Lansah Lolly