Ghana - Improving methods to assess sustainability of groundwater resources in rural sub-Saharan Africa (Andrew Ireson)

Currently we are in the process of developing a pilot research project in collaboration with the Development Institute (DI), Accra, Ghana on “Improving methods to assess sustainability of groundwater resources in rural sub-Saharan Africa.”

The overall objective of this research is to develop and test methods that can be deployed throughout the Sub-Saharan Aquifer for the routine assessment of groundwater sustainability. This includes a model for stakeholder engagement and participation in the planning, monitoring and decision making process, as well as a method to quantify groundwater sustainability to inform the decision making process. The optimal method, or combination of methods, for groundwater quantification will use a minimum amount of data to obtain a maximum amount of information at a minimum cost, and apply technology that is available locally, by local skilled personnel.

The DI is an African Ghana based non-government, not-for-profit development organization with the goal of empowering individuals, organization and communities to facilitate the linkage between micro and macro levels of society for sustainable development. In Ghana the organization is working in the Greater Accra, Volta, Northern and Western regions of Ghana.

Its focus is on sustainable development through building local capacity in environmental and human security, decentralization and governance, natural resource and agriculture enterprises and climate change adaptations, and broadly in Sustainable Development. DI supports its work with policy studies, dialogue, and advocacy facilitating multi-stakeholder platforms.