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C2R-CD Project Completes Community Entry Activities

20 November 2020
A section of the Keta Lagoon with the Anyako Community in the background
A section of the Keta Lagoon with the Anyako Community in the background 

The C2R-CD project completes its community entry towards a full rollout with series of community-specific and preliminary stakeholder engagement activities across the study sites located in the Volta, Greater and Central regions. Activities during this second phase of community entry focused on creating awareness among community members about the project and seeking the communities’ support in the successful implementation. To achieve this objective, communal meetings were held in each of the communities to discuss the objectives and the importance of the project, approach and the communities’ role.

Community Meeting at Anyanui

Though attendance was open to the entire community, emphasis was placed on identifiable social and economic groupings such as traditional/opinion leaders, youth groups, farmers, fishermen, traders etc. who provided insights into the discussions on persistent community challenges that can be factored into the project implementation. In Anyako for example, the team visited all the major churches in the prior to the community meeting as part of the awareness creating on the project activities.  

Following these meetings, the project team also undertook transect walks through the community to identify the locations of important community infrastructure such as Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) and health facilities.

The team also visited specific offices/units of the respective Municipal/District Assemblies of the five study sites namely; Keta Municipal Assembly (Anyako), Anloga District Assembly (Anyanui and Atiteti), Ablekuma West District Assembly (Opetekwei) and Gomoa West District Assembly (Mumford). Here, the team met and held brief discussions with officials of the various units such as the District Assembly offices of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), District Health Offices (DHO), Gender Department, Department of Agriculture (DoA) among others particularly on climate change, health related issues and data needs.  

Visits to the Anyako Health Centre (L) & Municipal Health Directorate (R)

The Coastal Community Resilience to Climate and Diarrhoea (C2R-CD) Project aims at building resilience to climate change and improving diarrhoeal management in coastal communities. It is a transdisciplinary research with local and international partnerships made up of the Academia (University of Ghana, IESS leading with other units, Aarhus University, Denmark), Civil Society Group (Peoples Dialogue on Human Settlements) and Government Agencies (the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency, Municipal assemblies of study communities).

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