AMA launches Resilience Strategy Book for Accra

By
Samuel Dodoo, GNA
     

Accra, March 28, GNA –
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has launched a Resilience Strategy Book
to help prepare the city of Accra and its environs to withstand shocks and
disasters.

Accra, a member of the
100 resilient cities in the world, has demonstrated its longstanding commitment
to implementing solutions, hence the launch of the Book in readiness for any
earthquake and climate change impacts.

The Resilience Book
captured physical, social and economic challenges that were a growing part of
the 21st Century, such as high unemployment, poor waste management
practices, inefficient public transportation system and endemic violence and
flooding, which weakened the city on day to day basis.

Other resilience
efforts captured in the Book are the unique focus on environment, health,
culture, disease outbreaks and migration, which had become a threat to the
city’s overall resilience due to irregular settlement patterns and their
effects.

Mr Mohammed Adjei
Sowah, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, in an interview with the Ghana
News Agency during the launch on Thursday, said: “We need to pursue new
stringent measures across all sectors and geographic boundaries.”

He said waste
management could no longer be considered separate from the fight against   flooding, adding that issues affecting Accra
were visible and the AMA was well positioned to provide leadership in a
resilient manner.

He expressed gratitude
to the Rockefeller Foundation for helping cities in the world to become more
resilient to challenges and stakeholders who helped in the development of the
Resilience Strategy Book, while imploring everyone to support in the
implementation of the strategies.

Mrs Liz Agbor-Tabi, of
the Global Resilience Practice of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, said
building resilience in Accra and other rapidly urbanising cities in the world
required hard work to mitigate climate change and become responsive to
disasters.

“We believe that with
this strategy, the city is well poised to confronting some of its most
intractable resilience challenges.”

GNA

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