2014 Publications

2014 IESS - E-Waste Imports and Management Practices in Ghana: A Case Study of Accra Tema Metropolitan Area

Ghana like many West African countries has become a recipient of large volumes of used electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE), popularly christened, e-waste. This study was conducted to analyse the flow of UEEE imports into Ghana, how such imports are handled and managed; and further assess the potential environmental and health challenges associated with the current management practices.

2014 IESS - DNA Barcoding in Sustainable Harvesting of Tree Species and Safety of Herbal Medicines Used in the Treatment of Malaria in Southern Ghana

Herbal medicines continue to be used in every country around the world in healthcare delivery, however, due to poverty and high doctor to patient ratio; about 75% of the population of the developing world solely rely on herbal medicine for their primary health care. It is thus imperative to develop measures to maximize the medicinal potentials of indigenous plants to reduce the number of lives lost through diseases. However, most herbal products sold in public places lack scientific evidence for safety, quality and efficacy, and as the safety of herbal medicine depends on the ability to correctly identify the plants used in their preparation, this study sought to use DNA Barcoding to authenticate the identity of medicinal plants species used in the preparations of herbal medicines used to treat malaria and their sustainable management in southern Ghana.

2014 IESS - Canopy Disturbance and Alien Plant (Broussonetia Papyrifera L. Vent) Invasion in the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve, Ghana: Ecological and Socio-Economic Implications

This study was designed to assess the effects of Broussonetia papyri/era invasion on the composition and structure of the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve (AHFR), and its socio-economic implications for the local community.

2014 IESS - Analysis of Institutional Solid Waste Management Practices: Insights from Two Ghanaian Universities

Academic institutions produce solid wastes which are not disposed off effectively or economically. The result is littering and accumulation of garbage which cause pollution. This study examined solid waste generation and management practices in public and private institutions. To achieve the above objective, waste audit was carried out over a period of three weeks. Waste management practices of the institutions were also examined through the assessment of the institutional arrangement.