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2011 Publications

2011 IESS - Impact of Human Activities on the Surface Water Resources of the Densu Delta Ramsar Site

In recent times the wet land has come under serious threat from the activities of humans which include housing developments, farming and improper disposal of all sorts of wastes, encroachment and pollution of their water bodies. This study was therefore carried out over a five-month period from October 2010 to February 2011 within the Densu Delta wet land to investigate the level of po lIution and also how the land structure has changed over 15- year period using satellite images

2011 IESS - Health Status Implication of Household Water Sources In Rural Communities of Jasikan District

Physico-chemical and bacteriological analyses were carried out on water samples from boreholes, a well and rivers in 10 communities of the Jasikan District over a period of five months (December 2010 to April 2011) to ascertain the health impacts of using water from a particular source

2011 IESS - Health Risk Management for Heavy Metals In Mine Drainage the Case of Tarkwa Mining Area in the Western Region of Ghana

This study was carried out at Tarkwa mining area in the Western Region of Ghana. The area has a long history of mining and there are fears that the mining activity is causing serious metal pollution to the water resources and soils. The aim of this study was to ascertain the extent of heavy metal pollution of soils and water resources and how that may be impacting on the health of the people

2011 IESS - Geospatial Information for Evaluating Watershed - Related Payment for Environmental Services in the Densu River Basin

There is the need to establish mutual relationship between upstream land users who can conserve vegetation and downstream water users through the payment of compensations. Hence, the study seeks to assess the effects of land cover changes in the Densu liver buffer zone on the level of sedimentation in the basin and to identify the land use practices in the basin that could affect the quality of water at the downstream

2011 IESS - Geophagy (Soil Consumption) In the Volta Region of Ghana, Human Health Implications

Geophagy, the deliberate consumption of soil by humans is a common practice amongst many ethnic groupings in Ghana, particularly the people of the Volta region. This investigation reports the essential and non-essential elements of geophagical materials collected from fifteen (15) study sites in the Volta region of Ghana

2011 IESS - Effects of Urban Growth on Coastal Wetlands: A Case Study of the Densu Delta Ramsar Site

Wetlands are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world and provide socio- economic services to majority of people who are vulnerable to poverty. These services, however, are reducing due to population pressure, urban growth and over exploitation. The study determined the extent of encroachment in to the wetland through built areas and the extent of vegetation degradation around the Densu Delta wetland

2011 IESS - Effects of Land -Use Change through Logging Disturbance on the Linkages between Plant Diversity, Carbon Storage and Soil Characteristics in Bia Conservation Area in Southwest Ghana

Understanding the impacts of logging disturbances is very important for conservation and climate change mitigation. The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of land-use change through logging disturbances on the linkages between plant diversity, carbon storage and soil characteristics

2011 IESS - Effects of Different Fertilizer Treatments on the Vigour of Vetiver Grass (Chrysopogon Zizaniojdes) and Its’ Associated Cost in Accra

Investigations were conducted on a plot of land at the University of Ghana farms at Legon to study the effects of and cost involved in different fertilizer treatments on growth characteristics of vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioidesy)